Where Memories Meet - Reclaiming my father after Alzheimer's

Where Memories Meet Reclaiming my father after Alzheimer s Where Memories Meet is a poignant and personal story that is an informative and absorbing read from beginning to end Midwest Book Review a powerful father daughter love story depicting Alzheimer s sh

Where Memories Meet is a poignant and personal story that is an informative and absorbing read from beginning to end Midwest Book Review .a powerful father daughter love story depicting Alzheimer s shattering effect on patients and their families Story Circle Book ReviewsWhere Memories Meet is two stories in one book It is the author Christine Grote s memoir of l Where Memories Meet is a poignant and personal story that is an informative and absorbing read from beginning to end Midwest Book Review .a powerful father daughter love story depicting Alzheimer s shattering effect on patients and their families Story Circle Book ReviewsWhere Memories Meet is two stories in one book It is the author Christine Grote s memoir of losing her father to Alzheimer s, beginning at the end of her father s life and proceeding backwards in time, interwoven with her father Jerry s narration of his life from birth in the 1930 s.Grote invites us into her parents home where accommodations are continually made for her father as he loses his memory, judgment, and mobility She allows us into her heart as she struggles to accept and live with the loss of her father, often repressing her own memories of the man she once relied on to cope with the challenges posed by the man he was becoming.As Alzheimer s progressively steals her father s memories, it also steals her own Grote s unconventional story timeline allows her to move past memories of the heartbreak of Jerry s last years, and in effect, reclaim her father after Alzheimer s when she arrives at that place in time where memories meet.

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  1. Christine M Grote earned a bachelor s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton, Ohio, in 1979 After working for several years in product development at a major corporation in Cincinnati, she became a full time homemaker as she raised three sons and a daughter In 1999, Christine returned to school at Mount St Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio, earning a bachelor s degree in English with a minor in Written Communications and a concentration in Women s Studies Christine is bereaved of a severely disabled sister who died in 2009 a mother who died in 2013 from cancer and a father who died of Alzheimer s shortly afterwards They are the subjects of her two memoirs.In her writing, Christine strives to provide testament to the basic intrinsic value of human life, convey authentic human emotion, and celebrate the good in life.Christine lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband Mark and their dog Arthur.

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  1. I know from years of experience as a health care provider how devastating a diagnosis of Alzheimer s can be on a family I have witnessed the families grief over the loss of loved ones abilities to connect in meaningful ways In sharing her story of her father s decline from Alzheimer s, Christine Grote offers us all a vivid and gripping look at the personal toll the disease has on loved ones that no textbook could offer, an insider s view on the face of Alzheimer s.Christine had interviewed her f [...]


  2. It took me a long time to read this book but that s not a bad thing.Christine M Grote, author of Where Memories Meet Reclaiming My Father after Alzheimer s, asked me to read and respond to her book because she knew that, in some ways, we had been on similar journeys Her father passed away after a four year decline with Alzheimer s in late January 2013 My father, Bennett Lee Kramer, passed away after a many year decline with Alzheimer s on December 19, 2012.Christine s book with pictures of my f [...]


  3. What do you get when you put a daughter and her beloved father together In the case of Christine M Grote the end result is a wonderfully moving book that chronicles the life of a man from humble beginnings who lived a full and successful life filled with ups and downs I have been a fan of Christine s writing for quite awhile I first started following her blog, Random Thoughts from Midlife, several years ago and loved her voice She is truly one of the most gifted writers I have had the chance to [...]


  4. Where Memories Meet Reclaiming My Father After Alzheimer s is a powerful father daughter love story depicting Alzheimer s shattering effect on patients and their families Grote.s weekly visits to help her parents over a four year period were reminiscent of my own weekly journeys during the last two years of each of my parent s lives, although my parents died of the ravages of cancer and were fully cognizant to the last days of their lives Grote also referred to her father as her rock, as I often [...]


  5. Where Memories Meet is a dive into two intimate tellings of life Grote sugar coats nothing and gives much needed insight into what Alzheimer s really does to an entire family The two stories help keep the book from being hopeless It gives life to the man her father really is instead of what his disease has made him into I really like that Grote didn t soften her father s language when writing his side It added authenticity to his stories and helped build him inside my head as I read I grew quite [...]


  6. Christine Grote s father the central figure in this memoir beloved there wasn t anything interesting about my life Grote thought he was wrong, and after reading Where Memories Meet, she was right This memoir is a touching tribute to a man who was a husband, a father, a caretaker, and someone who battled Alzheimer s Grote holds nothing back and instead opens the curtain wide to reveal a glimpse of what it s like to live and care for someone with a debilitating disease Some scenes are emotionally [...]


  7. Got this book in the mail today after winning it only a few pages in, but already very intrigued, can t wait to finish I do like the factoids at the start of chapters For someone like me with very limited knowledge of Alzheimer s it definitely helps Also, I love the pictures, it helps put an image in my mind which can be tough in a book that doesn t go into great detail At moments so far the book can be a little monotonous to read the father s side, I understand the author s reasoning is most li [...]


  8. I am the author of this book For the last four years of my dad s life, I watched him suffer, and then die, from Alzheimer s This is his and my story I consider myself fortunate that I began this project when I did in 2008, before I knew that dad s sometimes forgetfulness was due to anything nefarious than simple old age I hope this book might help those who have not had personal experience with Alzheimer s to understand a little better I hope it may show those who have, that they are in the com [...]


  9. This is the story of the life of the quintessential American man He survived a difficult childhood and miraculously went on to become a successful business owner and a devoted family man It s a story of strength and endurance in the face of adversity and it s told by a woman who is both a loving daughter and a fine writer.I read and loved DANCING IN HEAVEN this author s book about her severely disabled sister and the loving, creative care that was provided for her until her death If you haven t [...]


  10. Where Memories Meet is at once a heartbreaking account of loss due to Alzheimer s, and a celebration of life, honoring and remembering a beloved father who later succumbs to the insidious disease.The style of writing is terse, but not clinically so This is not a matter of fact accounting of a person s life It is much than that It is a series of remembrances, strung together like Christmas lights, each one shedding just a little illumination on a remarkable man gone too soon.Early in the book, [...]


  11. Alzheimer s is a diagnosis no family wants to hear It conjures mental images of retrieving terrified loved ones from mistaken destinations and of not being recognized.In Where Memories Meet, biographer and family chronicler, Christine M Grote follows her much loved father s journey through a boyhood hampered by a troubled alcoholic father and an over worked mother, recounting his determined rise to small business owner, and his devotion to his own family, especially a severely disabled daughter, [...]


  12. The author shows us how she reclaims her father through her memories, the ones she lost during the time she cared for her father and the ones he lost as he succumbed to the disease She does this with accuracy, grace, and courage This book is a great read.Two perspectives, Dad and daughter, chronicling his life childhood, army, work, and family then his diagnosis and the consequences of Alzheimer s disease he living life from beginning to end and she remembering life from endings to beginnings Th [...]


  13. This might be a painful read, however, I would recommend this book to anyone who has dealed with or is currently dealing with a loved one who has Alzheimer s or dementia This a powerful reminder that our stories matter and we should share them to help others It is an emotional and thought provoking read


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