From childhood on I’ve always loved books about outer space, astronomy and the planets, so when I plucked a book titled On Pluto off the shelf of our local small town library, I was more than a little surprised to find it subtitled Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s. I knew I had to read it for you see my grandmother & my mother had this affliction.
Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.A. and the only one of these diseases on the rise. More than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Chances are you already personally know of someone close or surely will someday.
Greg O’Brien, an award-winning investigative reporter, has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. One of those millions. The short term memory, the basis of cognitive impairment, goes first but our long term memory and skill habits allow us to carry on. Using that basis, O’Brien decided to fight it by telling his own story of using what remain of his lifelong journalistic skills. O’Brien is a great storyteller. I’ve read lot of information about this disease in recent years but this book is different. It puts the reader in the role of the “other” that is from the inside looking out. This book is raw, painful, and soul searching. For my generation and others to follow, it’s a roadmap to navigate the future. How to fight it. How to live with it and understand it. And never give up….