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Slow Dancing with a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer's

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A New York Times BestsellerEmmy-award winning broadcast journalist and leading Alzheimer's advocate Meryl Comer's Slow Dancing With a Stranger is a profoundly personal, unflinching account of her husband's battle with Alzheimer's disease that serves as a much-needed wake-up call to better understand and address a progressive and deadly affliction.When Meryl Comer's husband Harvey Gralnick was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in 1996, she watched as the man who headed hematology and oncology research at the National Institutes of Health started to misplace important documents and forget clinical details that had once been cataloged encyclopedically in his mind. With harrowing honesty, she brings readers face to face with this devastating condition and its effects on its victims and those who care for them.

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Meryl Comer
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From Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, leading Alzheimer's advocate and New York Times bestselling author, Meryl Comer (merylcomer.com) , comes a profoundly intimate and unflinching account of her husband's battle with Alzheimer's disease, one of today's most pressing--and least-understood--health epidemics.

When Meryl Comer's husband, Dr. Harvey Gralnick, began forgetting routine things and demonstrating abrupt changes in behavior, doctors were confounded as to what was wrong. Finally, after years of inconclusive tests, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, a seemingly impossible disease for a man in his prime. Comer gave up her television career and for the next two decades cared for Harvey in their home, tending to his every need while watching him regress into an emotionally distant and sometimes violent stranger.

In Slow Dancing with a Stranger, Comer brings readers face-to-face with Alzheimer's, detailing the realities, its stressful emotional and financial hardships for families, as well as the limitations of doctors and care facilities to manage difficult patient behaviors. With candor and grace, Comer chronicles her personal experiences--her mistakes, her heart- breaks, her minor victories--to paint an intimate and moving portrait of Alzheimer's and, in the process, she reveals the truth about the disease and everyone it affects.

LEARN MORE: http://www.merylcomer.com & http://www.21cbt.org & http://www.health-eBrain.org




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Reviewed by: Brian McCulloh

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