They Lived At Our House: Coping With Alzheimer's (Paperback)
How do you cope with Alzheimer's disease when you aren't even sure what it is or does?When Stephanie's husband, Jack, began to show signs of extreme irritation and aggravation that were so unlike him, she began to wonder what was causing them. Her years working in medical journalism had taught her the value of accurate recording of events - dates, signs, symptoms, frequency. She began keeping a journal of unusual occurrences. At first, there were few entries, leaving much room to think that these oddities were part of natural aging. As time went on, the entries became more numerous and the pattern more defined. They almost occurred much more frequently than she had time to record them. The journal began to fill up quickly, not only with the when and the what, but also with her observations and feelings. There was no longer any doubt that the dementia of Alzheimer's had claimed her soulmate. Grounded in faith since childhood, she felt confident that she could cope with anything the disease sent her way. But could she?
Stephanie Heavey's career as a writer has included working in medical journalism and creating numerous printed pieces and newsletters for various organizations. Surrounded by family members and many dear friends who have fallen victim to Alzheimer's Disease, she has been both caregiver and leader of a support group for caregivers.