What would you do if both parents were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s on the same day?
Jean Lee worked full time teaching elementary school while she was thrust into a caregiving role for her mom and dad when they were dually diagnosed.
Her memoir, Alzheimer’s Daughter, follows two sisters–– Jean living a mile from her parents, and her sister living 1,000 miles away––through a near-decade journey as they work together to move their parents out of their life-long home, and eventually to a locked memory care facility. At the end of this hand in hand decline, the sisters are honored to be together as their parents breath their last breath.
Sadness and loss contrast with tenderness and devotion as Lee uses her elderly parents’ WWII love letters, found during the final clean out, as chapter beginnings.
Reviewers say Alzheimer’s Daughter is written with wincing honesty about the cruel affects of the disease, but a WWII love story held together by faith and family is contained within the pages.
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Alzheimer’s Daughter was voted one of the Best Alzheimer’s Book of All Time by Book Authority two consecutive years, 2018 and 2019.
After the publication of Alzheimer’s Daughter, Jean co-founded AlzAuthors.com, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the goal of eliminating the stigma and silence often accompanying a diagnosis. In five years, the site is now managed by five administrators, and features weekly essays from nearly 250 authors with direct links to their books.