PROVIDENCE, R.I., - Seeing changes in loved ones and not being able to explain them away as the results of fatigue or illness can mean a more serious diagnosis. Author Phyllis R. Brown understands what it is like to see changes in a loved one's health. Her husband, Bert, demonstrated loss of memory that would eventually be diagnosed as Alzheimer's disease.
After a courtship that began when she was just 17 and over 60 years of marriage, Brown decided to commit herself to caring for her husband and allowing him to have the best life possible with his declining memory. The new edition of her book, Help Me! I'm Slipping, tells the story of how she discovered that he had memory loss and how she cared for him during his illness.
Help Me! I'm Slipping tells a story that is not only poignant, but helpful to those who are worried about their own loved ones. Brown identified some of the common markers in her husband and uses her experience to help others. Common symptoms of Alzheimer's include:
• An inability to incorporate new information. People who are in the early stages of Alzheimer's may not be able to remember information they just learned.
• Numbers become confusing. For Alzheimer's patients, even something as simple as balancing a checkbook can be challenging.
• Feeling lost while doing familiar work or tasks at home. Those who are stricken with Alzheimer's may find themselves lost when trying to do the dishes, mail a letter or even run the microwave to heat a cup of tea.
For those people going through the Alzheimer's journey, Brown's book is an excellent support. Help Me! I'm Slipping is appropriate for support groups, families and caregivers. The book can be purchased through SDP Publishing, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Phyllis R. Brown, PhD, Professor Emerita of Chemistry at the University of Rhode Island, has received international recognition for her research and publications in the field of analytical chemistry. She has written over 200 articles in scientific journals and written or edited five books. She retired and became a caregiver when her husband of more than 60 years developed Alzheimer's disease.