This is a wonderfully frank, funny, and courageous memoir of a woman who finds herself the sole caregiver of a father fading with Alzheimer's, and a blooming toddler just opening up to the world. T...


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The Family on Beartown Road

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A Memoir of Love and Courage
Elizabeth Cohen

I am convinced that extraordinary writing often comes when we are struggling the most; when we are lost in a whirlwind of events beyond our control. Elizabeth Cohen finds herself the sole caregiver of a father with Alzheimer's and a rambunctious toddler daughter. Left suddenly by her husband, who could not handle the challenge, Cohen struggles to come to terms with a life in which she is sandwiched between two generations who depend upon her completely, and whose needs are not all that different. Plus she has to hold down a job with the local newspaper. This is her memoir of that raw and vividly alive time -- moments of watching a beloved father lose his mental capacities and a beloved child gain hers, side by side.

Cohen's account is frank, touching, and courageous. She does not shy away from any detail of daily life with Daddy and Ava -- how much she flounders, how lost and desperate she feels. She is straightforward and unsentimental, but her strength and determination and love for her family are like beacons of light, shining off the pages. I was deeply moved by this book and could not put it down. It is a lifeline for those in caregiver positions, especially those dealing with the tragedies of Alzheimer's. (There is a resource guide for Alzheimer caregivers in the back of the book.) This is more than a good read; it is an inspiring treasure.

(Ages: Adult)

eBook price $9.99

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