- Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
- Alzheimer’s Association, Colorado Chapter
- Caregiver.com, Colorado Chapter
- Freelance Editing, Jennifer Phelps
- The following resources contributed by Patricia Sarmiento
of Putting the Public Back in Public Health • email@example.com
- Early Warning Signs of Dementia & Alzheimer’s
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Disaster Preparedness
- The Guide to Keeping Your Home through Debilitating Disease
- Alzheimer’s Society: Exercise and Physical Activity
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Swimming
- Nutrition for Alzheimer’s Disease
- The New Breed of Service Dog: Canine Caregivers for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Patients
- Alzheimer’s: How to Pay and Plan Ahead
- Helping Alzheimer’s Sufferers Cope with the Loss of a Loved One: A Guide for Caregivers
- Capturing Memories for Someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia
- Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer's Disease
- The Twenty-Six Hour Day
- The Family on Beartown Road, by Elizabeth Cohen
- The Forgetting, by David Shenk
- Still Alice, by Lisa Genova
- Speaking Our Minds, by Lisa Snyder
- Death in Slow Motion, by Eleanor Cooney
- The Voices of Alzheimer's, edited by the Healing Project
Reader Review of Kismet:
Liz Gibbons, a young, naïve Californian, traveled to Iran in 1959 to visit her father. While there, she met and married Tony Van Ingen, a handsome Dutch-American. Together they started a life abroad for various spans of time: Iran, Morocco, South Africa, Beirut, the Arabian Peninsula, as well as China. Tony was a traveling executive for Firestone Tires.
Finally, in 1974, their exotic life ended and they moved, with their two daughters, to Muscatine, Iowa. That's when Liz noted that Tony's personality was changing. She had to face what would be a tragic end for a man who had been charismatic. He had Alzheimer's. Her book then changes course while she relates how Tony became someone she really didn't know. His rages. His despair when he realized that he was not the man he used to be.
Liz wanted to remember her husband in those good years, the 60s and the 70s. It did become a shock to realize that all the things that she depended on him for were now hers to solve. Ten years of being a caring though reluctant caregiver took its toll on her as well as on him.
The initial chapters of Liz Van Ingen's Kismet are a delight to read. She portrays their nomadic life as an adventure – not all sweetness and light of course, but exciting and unusual. The complete turnaround when the family moved back to the States must have been a terrible awakening. Her memories of those last ten years caring for her husband aren't ones she wants to dwell on. She must prefer to go farther back in time and open her memory banks on better days.
-- M. A. S.
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