Parents & Teachers:
Book Review, "Alzheimer's, A Love Story"
Full title: Alzheimer's, A Love Story:
One Year in My Husband's Journey
Written by: Ann Davidson
ISBN #: 1-55972-418-8
Recommended for: Anyone with a loved one experiencing Alzheimer's Disease. Kids under 13 should read this book with a parent/guardian.
Review By: Katie Ransohoff,
high school student writer
Alzheimer's, A Love Story: One Year in My Husband's Journey by Ann Davidson chronicles Julian – Ann's Husband – and his decline through Alzheimer's Disease.
The book begins with the diagnosis of Julian's Alzheimer's almost immediately after Ann survives breast cancer, and details their lives changing as their relationship changes from that of husband & wife to that of caregiver & patient. They must learn to accept these changes and learn to live with them.
Julian's resistance to the change in his freedom & independence lessens as Ann's patience grows. The gradual decline feels personal with the book written almost in diary form from Ann to the reader.
The book gives a real-life account of the affects of Alzheimer's on not only the patient, but all those around them. Each day, as Julian's condition worsens, the reader feels the pain as Ann experiences losing her husband, former prolific author, and professor at Stanford University.
He declines slowly, first not knowing where his socks are or not being able to follow a conversation, to not being able to remember his name, or how to put his clothing on.
I would recommend this book for anyone who is a friend, relative, spouse, or caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's – or anyone who is interested in the effects of Alzheimer's on the patient and caregivers.
Reviewed by: Adolescent Interest Group
Last reviewed: August 2013