INSPIRATIONAL STORIES for ARCHITECTS of CHANGE

Read excerpts chosen from Kismet From the Joy of Romance to the Agony of Alzheimer’s by Maria Shriver for her blog:

Part 1: From the joy of romance...

Part 2: to the Agony of Alzheimer’s

Maria Shriver imageMaria Shriver is one of the nation’s leading advocates for families struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. Her father, Sargent Shriver, was diagnosed with the disease in 2003 and passed away from it in 2011 at the age of 95. In 2009, Shriver co-executive produced the Emmy Award-winning four-part HBO documentary series called The Alzheimer’s Project, which opened millions of people’s eyes to the devastating disease.

Shriver is the mother of four, a Peabody and Emmy-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times best-selling author, and an NBC News Special Anchor reporting on the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life. Shriver served as California’s First Lady from 2003 to 2010.

She continues her advocacy on her website by promoting and recommending books that are helpful to caregivers, to those in need of inspiration and especially to those touched by Alzheimer’s disease.

Reader Review of Kismet:

I was a silent character in the author's story who cheered for her, loved her, gave her advice, laughed with her, and lived vicariously through her UNTIL the many roles she had to play to survive and not lose herself in coping with her husband's Alzheimers became almost intolerable. Not only is the book well organized, but I felt like I was actually "experiencing" and "feeling" the author's life as it unfolds.

The story portrays a woman who is sincere, self-assured, and independent, yet reveals vulnerability and disappointment as life takes twists and turns which require dependability and strength. "Kismet" is a powerful read. Liz Van Ingen's story will serve as a book of survival, hope, and healing to anyone who is navigating the scary waters of Alzheimer's.

-- K. F.

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