Book Reviews

before i forgetBefore I Forget

“I know where I’m going. I’m still myself. I just can’t remember things as well as I once did. So on short trips, I work hard not to be confused. I’ll say to myself, What are we going to do? How long are we staying? It’s like I’m talking to my other self—the self I used to be. She tells me, This is what we need to buy—not that. I’m conscious of that other self guiding me now.”

Restaurateur, magazine publisher, celebrity chef, and nationally known lifestyle maven, B. Smith is struggling at 66 with a tag she never expected to add to that string: Alzheimer’s patient. She’s not alone. Every 67 seconds someone newly develops it, and millions of lives are affected by its aftershocks.

B. and her husband, Dan, working with Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Shnayerson, unstintingly share their unfolding story. Crafted in short chapters that interweave their narrative with practical and helpful advice, readers learn about dealing with Alzheimer’s day-to-day challenges: the family realities and tensions, ways of coping, coming research that may tip the scale, as well as lessons learned along the way.

What a heartfelt story, written with such love and simplicity. Very honest portrayal of life with Alzheimer’s. Although this is written as an account of what the author feels as his wife is first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and as she progresses through the different stages, there is a lot of facts about this disease and suggestions on dealing with Alzheimer’s traits . There is an extensive resource list at the end which would prove helpful to caregivers of Alzheimer’s.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”