Alzheimer's Daughter

The Story

Alzheimer’s Daughter introduces the reader to my healthy parents, Ed and Ibby, years before their diagnosis, then recounts painful details as our roles reversed and I became my parents’ parent.

Their disease started as translucent, confused thoughts and ended in a locked memory care unit after a near decade of descent into the opaque world of Alzheimer's.

I began writing Alzheimer’s Daughter one week after my mother's death––when I was stunned, realizing Dad had no memory of her or their 66-year marriage.

I write to pay tribute to the undying spirit at Ed and Ibby's core, and with the hope that the story of their parallel decline might be helpful to others.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Anthony Copeland-Parker and Partner Catherine Become Marathon Nomads



I encounter Anthony Copeland-Parker's book through shared Alzheimer's and dementia tribes on social media. 

He and his partner, Catherine, write an amazingly inspiring travel memoir, Running All Over the World; Our Race Against Early-Onset Alzheimer's, in which they detail their life as marathoning nomads despite life-altering diagnoses which would sideline most people to the security of their home and an easy chair. Instead, they decide to push every boundary and live a life beyond full... to overflowing.

Anthony writes:

Just like the attitude Catherine takes towards running a marathon, she takes when it comes to her diagnosis of Early Onset Alzheimer’s. She just puts her head down, puts one foot in front of the other, and never gives up. Catherine’s resilience or reserve is anything athletic, so we combine that with our love of travel. Catherine has completed 83 marathons, one Iron Man Competition, a 50 miler Ultra Marathon and many races and triathlons of various distances.

During our years as nomads, we've pushed our physical and mental limitations as often as we could - and we finished every race hand in hand.

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