According to a recent statistic from the Associated Press, "More than 35 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia...Barring a medical breakthrough, the World Alzheimer Report will nearly double in 20 years." These are staggering figures. "We Keep Our Potato Chips in the Refrigerator" is a touching memoir about Fred Thompson who endured this devastating disease and the reflections of his wife and caregiver, Patricia Cox, who learned through day by day experience how debilitating this cruel malady can be, The purpose of this book is to let other caregivers, as well as relatives and friends of the Alzheimer sufferers, know they are not alone in their dire situations. Patricia shares candid stories with humor mingled with profound sadness. Patricia, mother of 3 daughters and grandmother of 11 blessings, is a former teacher for the Denver Public Schools and Cherry Creel School District. She earned her Masters degree in Giudance and Counseling and is currently teaching memoir writing classes for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for the University of Denver and The Academy for Lifelong Learning. The reader may expect a few chuckles as well as a few tears from this honest exposure to living with a victim of Alzheimer's.
Alzheimers is devastating. It can erase memory, change lives, and destroy dreams. When Marilynn Garzione accepts the role of primary caregiver for her husband, Patrick, she faces a world that is slowly being taken away. While living with the numerous challenges of this disease, she discovers that humor can still exist in sadness and acceptance in the face of loss.
Marilynn shares her personal thoughts and insights as she and Patrick continue to cope with this progressive disease. She reveals memories of their early relationship and the reality of how even ordinary trips to the grocery store can become an adventure. By realizing the value of living in the now, she discovers that music can continue to touch a soul and that loss of memory cannot erase the meaning of love.
Released to the Angels is a celebration of life that will give hope and strength to anyone facing a personal hardship and give comfort to those who may be affected by Alzheimers disease. It offers a clear message that no matter how fragile, life holds joys to be discovered and strengths to be learned.
Aneta and Filip, the children’s parents, are distraught when their children are taken into care. Aneta maintains she is innocent of harming them, while Filip appears bewildered and out of his depth. It’s true the family has never come to the attention of the social services before and little Kit and Molly appear to have been well looked after, but Kit has a broken arm and bruises on his face. Could it be they were a result of a genuine accident as Aneta is claiming?
Both children become sick with a mysterious illness while, experienced foster carer, Cathy, is looking after them. Very worried, she asks for more hospital tests to be done. They’ve already had a lot. When Cathy’s daughter, Lucy, becomes ill too she believes she has found the cause of Kit and Molly’s illness and the parents aren’t to blame. However, nothing could be further from the truth and what comes to light is far more sinister and shocking.