When her husband., E Floyd Thomas, had a distinct
and sudden change in personality - not recognizing her, his wife
of 57 years - Mildred Thomas knew something was drastically wrong.
She started keeping a journal of his eratic behavior and his
moments of clarity and confusion. Through this gentle, caring
and sometimes humerous record of his three year journey through
Alzheimer's disease, she serves as an inspiration to other caregivers.
Library of Congress CIP Data
1. Thomas, Mildred Key--Diaries.
2. Caregivers--Diaries. 3. Thomas, Floyd Emory--Mental health.
4. Alzheimers disease --Patients-- Family relationships.
5. Alzheimers disease-- Patients-- Biography. I. Title.
- This is a very touching diary
which shows lots of love and also the anguish of Alzheimers
disease. I believe this will be of great help to other families.
--Dr. Adele B. Ackell, neurologist, Chattanooga, TN
- The writer presents the most
comprehensive dialogue and activities of the Alzheimers
patient, in the last two years of his life, that I have read.
I recommend it to help understand the thoughts and feelings of
--Dr. Bruce W. Johnson, family physician, Chattanooga, TN
- Mildred Thomas journal
offers tender insights into the challenges of caring for a loved
one with Alzheimers. Her loving diary chronicles her husbands
constantly changing moods and reactions as she helps him contend
with moments of clarity as well as confusion. The reader is given
an intimate look into the true struggles faced by family members
as they make difficult care decisions. A must-read for families
with and without a loved one with Alzheimers disease.
--Nancy Bowers, RN, BSN, Author, Educational Consultant,Birmingham,
- About the Author
- Mildred Key Thomas attended George Peabody
College and has an R.N. degree from Nashville General Hospital.
After a year in public Health Nursing she gave up nursing as
a profession when she married E. Floyd Thomas and became mother
to their four children. Always a helpmate to her husband in business
affairs, she also supported him in his pursuit of tennis excellence.
Her first appreciation of
writing came when she was editor of her high school paper. Since
that time she has penned a few poems and essays. She was inspired
to write Life With Alz when, after 58 years of blissful marriage,
she lost her husband to Alzheimers. Through this gentle,
caring, and sometimes humorous, record of his journey through
the disease, she serves as an inspiration to other caregivers.
She is an active member of
St. John United Methodist Church and participant in Chief John
Ross Chapter, DAR. A member of the Chattanooga and Tennessee
Porcelain Artists for 35 years, she is an accomplished and award
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