Slow Dancing with a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of

A New York Times BestsellerEmmy award winning broadcast journalist and leading Alzheimer s advocate Meryl Comer s Slow Dancing With a Stranger is a profoundly personal, unflinching account of her husband s battle with Alzheimer s disease that serves as a much needed wake up call to better understand and address a progressive and deadly afflictionWhen Meryl Comer s husband Harvey Gralnick was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer s disease in , she watched as the man who headed hematology and oncology research at the National Institutes of Health started to misplace important documents and forget clinical details that had once been cataloged encyclopedically in his mind With harrowing honesty, she brings readers face to face with this devastating condition and its effects on its victims and those who care for them Detailing the daily realities and overwhelming responsibilities of caregiving, Comer sheds intensive light on this national health crisis, using her personal experiences the mistakes and the breakthroughs to put a face to a misunderstood disease, while revealing the facts everyone needs to knowPragmatic and relentless, Meryl has dedicated herself to fighting Alzheimer s and raising public awareness Nothing I do is really about me it s all about making sure no one ends up like me, she writes Deeply personal and illuminating, Slow Dancing With a Stranger offers insight and guidance for navigating Alzheimer s challenges It is also an urgent call to action for intensive research and a warning that we must prepare for the future, instead of being controlled by a disease and a healthcare system unable to fight it Slow Dancing with a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer's


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10 thoughts on “Slow Dancing with a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer's

  1. says:

    No disease should be allowed to have as its victims both the patient and the caregiver But that is exactly what is happening every minute of every day Candidly and superbly written, going deep into the heart of marriage and Alzheimer s, this memoir gutted me It hits close to home in many aspects I see the writing on a loved one s wall, and it isn t hopeful or pretty This was the pendulum along which our lives now s


  2. says:

    Very interesting book I had a hard time putting it down However, I m not sure that I believe all of the author s heroics The book seems to be very self serving I d love to hear from one of the nurses or the step son to find out if the author is as wonderful as she portrays herself The author mentions maybe one time when she was less than saintly to her husband If he was so dangerous and uncontrollable, a lot of this a


  3. says:

    I have been reading several dementia memoirs in the last two years, and Comer distinguishes herself by taking ablunt and pragmatic approach to the topic She s an award winning journalist, so a just the facts approach seems to make sense I ve read several dementia memoirs by people trained in the field of humanities, and they interject a lyric, poetic, metaphoric and philosophical quality Or at least, they plumb the depth


  4. says:

    I had very conflicted emotions as I read this book As a caregiver to my mother who suffers from what is thought to be vascular dementia, I was able to relate to the way this disease had taken over her husband s personality and took away the relationship that used to be between the two of them I was in awe of the way she dropped her professional life in order to care for her husband at home I totally related to the poor trea


  5. says:

    Ms Comer makes some important points Caregivers must be listened to and cared for early diagnosis is critical yet difficult to achieve and the Alzheimer s Association does us no service when the disease is portrayed in thirty second television ads showing a benign image of a little old lady with slowly fading, sepia toned memories I am grateful the author has told an unvarnished account of caregiving for a husband with early o


  6. says:

    Pretty unputdownable train wreck of awfulness, reading about how the author s husband got early onset Alzheimer s and LIVED ANOTHER 20 YEARS and was still alive at publication Which meant he was strong occasionally violent AND unreasonable, and she was unable to keep working or find a satisfactory alternate living situation for him, and then her mom had to go and get dementia too Then there was the estranged stepson who wasn t mu


  7. says:

    I certainly feel sorry for the author, having had to care for loved ones with the terrible illness of dementia However, as with so many other reviewers, I found myself thinking that it would have been better had her editors helped her with some of the confusing time jumps and general confusion in the writing The husband and the mother, as well as the stepson, and even her own son, seem very flat and unreal Apparently, we are to only


  8. says:

    This is a poignant personal story about being a caregiver for her husband, an eminent medical practitioner and researcher, who developed early onset Alzheimer s in the days before it was fully recognized While detailing her challenges as a caregiver, as life with her husband unfolded and he has lived 19 years, no doubt in part to her role in his care it is interspersed withfacts about Alzheimer s, and herrecent parallel journey as Pres


  9. says:

    This book probably deserves another half star for being so candid and informative, but the pointless last chapter dampened my enthusiasm Having gone through my mother s 8 years of dementia , I am amazed by Comer s massive strength and will, but question her decisions again and again She blames her husband s denial and his doctors for a slow diagnosis, but those strike me as being her own resistance As she relates it, Harvey s dementia whe


  10. says:

    The author tells her story bluntly and without guile Her brilliant physician husband developed early onset Alzheimer s she cares for him at home because no placement worked out for various reasons Then her mother developed Alzheimer s joined them in their home I cannot imagine how the author maintained the physical and emotional strength to provide care for them while also starting an Alzheimer s foundation This is an incredible story The au


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