Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer's
by B. Smith, Dan Gasby, Michael Shnayerson, Rudolph E. Tanzi (Foreword)
“I know where I’m going. I’m still myself. I just can’t remember things as well as I once did. So on short trips, I work hard not to be confused. I’ll say to myself, What are we going to do? How long are we staying? It’s like I’m talking to my other self—the self I used to be. She tells me, This is what we need to buy—not that. I’m conscious of that other self guiding me now.”
Restaurateur, magazine publisher, celebrity chef, and nationally known lifestyle maven, B. Smith is struggling at 66 with a tag she never expected to add to that string: Alzheimer's patient. She’s not alone. Every 67 seconds someone newly develops it, and millions of lives are affected by its aftershocks.
B. and her husband, Dan, working with Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Shnayerson, unstintingly share their unfolding story. Crafted in short chapters that interweave their narrative with practical and helpful advice, readers learn about dealing with Alzheimer's day-to-day challenges: the family realities and tensions, ways of coping, coming research that may tip the scale, as well as lessons learned along the way.
At its heart, Before I Forget is a love story: illuminating a love of family, life, and hope.
We invite you to read, discuss, and share.
A note from the Literacy Committee Chair: both my grandmother and mother had Alzheimer’s. Most of us have family members or know people who have Alzheimer’s. It is an awful disease. And we all have stories. This book spoke to me in many ways, and I think it would make an excellent choice for a book club and discussion.
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