Daily Archives: October 30, 2014

** Slow Dancing with a Stranger by Meryl Comer


Slow Dancing with a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer’s is the memoir of a journalist whose husband, a brilliant scientist, is stricken with Alzheimer’s at an early age. She struggles with finding proper care for him, eventually deciding to take care of him at home, with extreme sacrifices on her part. And her mother also falls victim to Alzheimer’s so she struggles with not one but two patients.

The main message of the book is that the infrastructure to care for Alzheimer patients is woefully inadequate. Interestingly, she seems to consider that their lives should be sustained as long and as aggressively as possible, even though she deplores the dramatic loss of dignity her husband is suffering, and comments that he would likely not want to keep living that way…

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