The Other Side of Alzheimer's

What Happens to You When Your Spouse Has Alzheimer's

by Martha-Lee B. Ellis

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/03/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 204
ISBN : 9781452545714

About the Book

Alzheimer’s and marriage is a complex combination of emotions. You change, too, when your spouse has Alzheimer’s. This is a poignant collection of personal experiences, moving from confusion, loneliness, and fear to understanding and peace. Knowledge of resources and connecting with others who are, or have been, faced with this consuming task help you find your way through the maze of many unanticipated challenges. Finding the support of others is critical to achieving acceptance of this life-changing event. With a sprinkling of humor, this becomes a story of the power of love, allowing you to survive it.

“The Other Side of Alzheimer’s is written with honesty, sensitivity, and love. Every experience describes the physical, mental, and emotional challenges, while alluding to humor and hope. There are few published resources that deal with feelings of a spouse faced with a partner’s Alzheimer’s disease, and none I have read as good as this one. I found it to be a beautiful love story that any reader can appreciate.”

—Carol Long, RN-BC

Board Certified Gerontological Nurse

Sozo Senior Wellness, Raleigh, North Carolina

“Ms. Ellis has written a beautiful, insightful account of the journey through Alzheimer’s. It reveals how love, understanding and the acceptance of change can overcome any adversity. It applies to us all as we navigate through the ebb and flow of a significant relationship.”

—Karen Brisendine

Retired Electronics Industry Business Manager


“Martha-Lee Ellis has written a touching memoir that approaches Alzheimer’s from a wife’s perspective of a scary and unpredictable course. The Other Side of Alzheimer’s offers a lifeline to others going through this experience, enabling them to see that they are not alone. This story has something to benefit anyone facing this disease with their spouse.”

—Michelle S. Brovitz, MS PA

American Society of Clinical Pathologists

Former Pathologist’s Assistant for hospitals nationwide

About the Author

Martha-Lee Ellis is the widow of a highly educated man who had Alzheimer’s disease for ten years. She holds a master’s degree in education and is an experienced lecturer. She serves on the board of directors of two nonprofit organizations and the Social Work Advisory Board of Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina.