Mike & Me
An Inspiring Guide for Couples Who Choose to Face Alzheimer’s Together at Home
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More than three years in the making, this book changes everything for Alzheimer's couples and caregivers. When her husband Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Rosalys Peel made a deal with him. Together, they vowed that they would manage Alzheimer's in their own home and go right on living life as normally as possible for as long as possible. Over the next ten years they found new ways to defy and surpass virtually all the typical Alzheimer's statistics. Despite Mike's illness they pursued their dreams, traveled the world, helped raise their granddaughter, maintained their romance, kept Mike on his feet, and found new ways to communicate with their friends, family and each other. They also saved countess thousands of dollars by doing it in the familiar surroundings of their own home. Through it all Rosalys kept a journal of their discoveries. The result is her inspiring guidebook for Alzheimer's couples, entitled "Mike & Me."
"Rosalys Peel shows couples a path to a full and joyful life, despite one partner's Alzheimer's diagnosis. Mike & Me is the triumph of courage, grace and dignity over this discouraging disease." - Evelyn Williams, Blessings of Dementia
"To know the road ahead, ask those coming back. Rosalys Peel provides every couple touched by Alzheimer's with vital information about what lies ahead. Her experiences with Mike show us how to live a full and beautiful life together, even while facing a devastating illness." - Joni Powers, R.N., B.S., Integrative Medicine
"Mike & Me is an important book-an indispensable companion covering crucial insights for every couple coping with Alzheimer's-and doing so on your own terms with courage, grace, and endless love." - Michele Abrams, Founder, Brightstar Productions
"Pragmatic and heartfelt, insightful and informative, Mike & Me reminds us that Alzheimer's, like life, is about hope, help and abiding love. It is a shared journey." - Bob Le Roy, Executive Director, Alzheimer's Association Washington State Chapter
"Knowing we have options and choices when confronting Alzheimer's is empowering. Rosalys Peel has written a vivid and loving picture of one couple's decision to live with Alzheimer's in their own way. This book is sure to help many other couples." - Trudy James, Chaplain. Producer, Speaking of Dying
"Mike & Me provides tangible ways to ease the challenges of Alzheimer's and live each day fully despite a life-limiting illness. It's an inspiring and profound example of how great joy and beauty can come with (and often through) hardship or suffering. I highly recommend it." - Natalie Rodden, M.D., hospice and palliative medicine physician
"A treasured book of suggestions and guidance. Mike & Me provides vital new insights into many aspects of Alzheimer's, including its impact on family, friends, and especially the patient's spouse." - Lawrence Murphy, M.D., Department of Neurology, Swedish Neurosciences
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
"We are winning the war on Alzheimer's-it's happening-and one of the most important fronts in the battle is the home front. Mike & Me is one of the most important books to chronicle the changing face of home care among Alzheimer's couples. It shows how the astonishing power of love, patience, compassion and stay-at-home care can help Alzheimer's patients defy the usual statistics and live a longer, fuller, happier life despite this discouraging disease." - Zadra Publishing