"For the decade of my father's illness, I felt as I was floating in the deep end, tossed by waves, carried by currents, but not drowning." In a singular account of battling Alzheimer's Disease, Patti Davis, daughter of late President Ronald and Mrs. Nancy Reagan, eloquently weaves personal anecdotes with practical advice tailored specifically for the often-over-looked caregiver. After losing her father to Alzheimer's, Davis founded Beyond Alzheimer's, a support group for family members and friends of Alzheimer's patients. Drawing on those challenging years, Davis reveals the struggles and surprising gifts of this cruel disease that affects more than 6 million Americans of all ages.
From the challenges of navigating disorientation to the moments when guilt and resentments creep in, readers are guided gently through slow-burning grief. Along the way, Davis, who is the author of numerous books including The Long Goodbye that The Friends proudly featured at an Open Mind program in 2012. Beyond Alzheimer's is now licensed at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania and the Cleveland Clinic in Los Vegas.
Linda Ercoli, Ph.D., will join Ms. Davis in discussion. Dr. Ercoli , a clinical psychologist with expertise in geriatrics, dementia, cognition in cancer, and the neuropsychology of aging, is the Interim Director of the UCLA Longevity Center. She is a Health Sciences Clinical Professor and the Director of Geriatric Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the Semel Institute. Dr. Ercoli served as faculty co-facilitator for Ms. Davis's Beyond Alzheimer's group at UCLA.