The Alzheimer's Diaries: a love story

By Susan Elkin

A sardonic, powerful, loving, diarized account of caring for a partner with Alzheimer’s

Monday, 21 June 2021

A post-Covid push?

Hello everyone. It's been a while but the pandemic put paid to so much of "normal" life for all of us. Now that so many things and activities are opening up at last we need to raise the remaining funding for The Alzheimer's Diaries. Can you help me to find about another 150 pledgers? There is so much Alzheimer's about that I'm sure the interest is there. Moreover this book is no gloomy misery memoir. Lots of people told me, at the time, that the blogs upon which it is based are actually funny in a gritted teeth sort of way.

Anyway: two tangenital things. First I am delighted that there was an announcement last week of a possible new drug which  can actually destroy those dastardly clumps of amyloid plaques in the brain which are responsible for Alzheimer's. In other words - cause not symptoms. At last. 

Second I was contacted by, Judith Burnley, the widow of John Peter who used to be lead theatre critic at The Sunday Times. He died of Alzheimer's and she has published her poems which - sort of - detail his decline in a loving, incredulous way. I identified with each and every one of them. Teapot in the Fridge by Judith Burnley is published by Salamander Street Ltd.

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