Where Memories Meet: Reclaiming my father after Alzheimer's (Paperback)

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"I never thought it would be like this," Jerry said a couple of years into his Alzheimer's diagnosis. The last years of his life, Jerry systematically lost his speech, mobility, independence, memories, and his self to this unrelenting disease. In Where Memories Meet, Jerry narrates the defining moments of his life, while his daughter Christine shares her experience of both the struggle to assist her mother in managing Jerry's escalating needs, and the loss of her father to Alzheimer's. As the eldest son of an alcoholic and mentally ill father, a child during the Great Depression, a newspaper boy during WWII, and an army draftee during the Korean War, Jerry's stories of his childhood and early adulthood breathe life into pages from our history books. Jerry's story of survival reads like the great American rags to riches tale. He survived a rocky childhood with a volatile father. He overcame his humble beginnings to become a successful business owner. Later in life he survived prostate cancer. Throughout his adult life Jerry remained a loyal family man and the devoted father of five children, one of them a severely disabled daughter. In interweaving his story with her own, Christine moves past memories of the heartbreak of Jerry's last years and, in effect, reclaims her father after Alzheimer's.

About the Author

Christine M. Grote earned a bacheolor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton, Ohio, in 1979. After working for three and a half years in product development at Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio, she became a full-time homemaker as she raised three sons and a daughter. In 1999, she returned to school at Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati, Ohio, earning a bachelor's degree in English in 2007. Christine lives in Cincinnati with her husband Mark and their dog Arthur.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780983819820
ISBN-10: 0983819823
Publisher: Grote Ink, LLC
Publication Date: September 24th, 2015
Pages: 310
Language: English