Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

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 Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
Purdue University Press

Book Description

One year shy of her fiftieth wedding anniversary, Dee Hershberger was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Her husband, Bob, serving as her primary caregiver, kept a journal the following four and a half years. Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver provides an unflinchingly honest and heartbreaking account of what the couple went through. During the first two and a half years, Dee gradually lost short-term memory but maintained most physical and social abilities. Over the last two years she lost these abilities, most words, and long-term memory. She also became incontinent, suffered from undetected illnesses, and experienced psychotic episodes and uncontrollable, violent behavior. This is a brutally raw look at what it is like to lose a loved one to Alzheimer’s, including what the disease does to the patient and the effects it has on loved ones and caregivers. This personal view into caring for a spouse with Alzheimer’s will help readers understand the physical, emotional, and financial consequences of the disease, as well as provide support, advice, and hope to anyone in the same situation.

About the Author(s):

Robert Hershberger practiced architecture for over fifty years. He also served as professor of architecture at Arizona State University from 1969 to 1988 and as professor and dean of the College of Architecture at the University of Arizona from 1988 to 2002. He retired from academia in 2002 and moved with his wife, Dee, to Payson, Arizona, to enjoy retirement, continue practicing architecture, and focus on watercolor painting. He served as the primary caregiver for his wife from 2010 to 2015 while she suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.