Monday, August 25, 2014

On Pluto

Finding first-person accounts of Alzheimer's disease or other dementias is becoming increasingly easy.  While the number of individuals who have been diagnosed with dementia has been increasing for several years, I think part of the increase in these accounts is a result of more people writing about their experiences.

One of the first I encountered is While I Still Can by Rick Phelps.  Rick was diagnosed with Early On-Set Alzheimer's when he was about 54.  Rick has created a very active support group for individuals with dementia or individuals who care for them called Memory People.

One of the most recent accounts is titled On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's by Greg O'Brien.  Mr. O'Brien is a reporter who was diagnosed with Early On-Set Alzheimer's a couple of years ago.  Using his professional skills and his knowledge of Alzheimer's acquired from watching a couple of his relatives, including his mother, pass from the disease, he decided to write about Alzheimer's from his own perspective.  On Pluto provides you several ways to gain access to Mr. O'Brien's perspective because there is a book, a movie and a blog.

Who better to talk about Alzheimer's than those experiencing it.  Check these out.

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