A memoir on caregiving

"Like most of life, the Alzheimer’s Journey is not really a downhill slide but more a jumble of events and feelings that shift from moment to moment,” Leslie Hergert says in her memoir Alzheimer’s Through the Alphabet. Her personal story of caring for her husband, Ralph is unique but her experiences resonate with many others on similar caregiving journeys.

Standing out from many Alzheimer’s stories out there, Leslie lightens the often dark tone of Alzheimer’s and threads humor throughout the book, leaving you laughing, crying and everything between. The story is told in an unconventional way as it’s not chronological but told through the alphabet, with each letter corresponding with some aspect of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.

Seniorlink Inc.  hosted Leslie for a book club to share some of her favorite excerpts, including, “Becoming a better person”, “Juggling”, “Marriage” and the final quote she leaves readers with at the end the think about. Watch and listen to some of her reading above.

If you are looking for more information about dementia, browse through our top book picks.

Top 10 books about Alzheimer’s and dementia:

  1. Alzheimer’s Through the Alphabet: One Journey of Ups and Downs
  2. The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss, 6th Edition
  3. 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's and Age-Related Memory Loss
  4. Activities to do with Your Parent who has Alzheimer's Dementia
  5. Ahead of Dementia: A Real-World, Upfront, Straightforward, Step-by-Step Guide for Family Caregivers
  6. The Alzheimer's Action Plan: What You Need to Know - and What You Can Do - About Memory Problems, from Prevention to Early Intervention and Care
  7. Alzheimer’s and Dementia for Dummies
  8. Alzheimer's Care: The Caregiver's Guide to Understanding Alzheimer's Disease & Best Practices to Care for People with Alzheimer's & Dementia
  9. Alzheimer's Disease: What If There Was a Cure? The Story of Ketones
  10. Alzheimer's In America: The Shriver Report on Women and Alzheimer's
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