ALZHEIMER'S: Will I Be Next?
A son witnesses his mother’s one-way journey into darkness
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The day was cold and we were walking at a fast clip. "Jesse, I need to talk to you about Mom."
Jesse took another step, then suddenly stopped and spun around to face me. I was at least six inches taller, but amazingly, in that instant, it seemed as if we were standing there eye to eye. His gaze was hard and uncompromising. "She doesn't have Old Timers!"
I blinked at the pronunciation. Old Timers? Was he serious? Yes, a second look at that gritted, desperate expression told me my stepfather was dead serious. Jesse had tricked his mind into attaching this folksy, homespun name to the disease so it wouldn't sound quite so sinister.
Jack Turley has been a professional TV writer for over 40 years, but this book was his most difficult endeavor. A lifetime member of the Writers Guild, he has written scores of dramatic television dramas, movies, pilots and soap episodes. He also wrote a Sci-Fi movie—Empire of the Ants —which has become a cult classic. One of his TV Movie/pilots, Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion, was nominated for an Emmy and won a "Wrangler" award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.
"His words flow seamlessly, drawing the reader deeper and deeper into his private world of grief and pain, but it's Mr. Turley's total honesty that lingers. If you read just one book this year, please make it this one."
—Patricia Lucas White, To Last A Lifetime
"As the author watches his mother slip into the developing stages of Alzheimer's, he offers a harrowing personal account . . . Soon Mr. Turley has to make a series of shattering decisions as his mother worsens. It is the author's battles with guilt and anxiety that give the book much power."—Fred Klein, Santa Barbara News Press
"Five Stars! All Alzheimer's families: a must read. This book provides insight into the ways in which families can deal with this extremely difficult disease. A tender and revealing account of how a son can grapple with the challenges of a mother with Alzheimers, not all happy times but then life is not that way. A must read!"
—Sammy Clinton, Amazon Reviews