Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Memoir offers a bright side to Alzheimer's Disease

I once covered aging for this newspaper, so I've seen my share of poignant stories about people with Alzheimer's Disease. I've written a few myself, and I lived through one, with my mom as main character.

What I haven't seen is a book like Robert Leleux's "The Living End: A Memoir of Forgetting and Forgiving."

In his new memoir, Leleux ("Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy") finds that the dementia that plagues his beloved grandmother, pictured here with him, has one positive side. It causes her to forget that she's been estranged from her daughter -- his mother -- for decades.

As her memory faded, so did grudges and hurt feelings. She forgot to be angry. And when she was reunited with her daughter, their relationship gained a new life.

Leleux will be in Charlotte for a reading and book signing, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road.


Alzheimer Clinic said...

An Alzheimer's symptom often shows itself gradually, progressing from what seems to be simple memory loss to a total dependence of the patient on a family member or caregiver.

Alzheimer Clinic