Caring for Alzheimer's Patients: A Guide for Family and Healthcare Providers

By Gary D. Miner; Linda A. Winters-Miner et al. | Go to book overview

Chapter 9C
Living with Familial
Alzheimer's Disease

Bea German

Editor's Note: Mrs. Bea Gorman is a member of a family group presenting Alzheimer's disease in more than one generation, and in many members of her generation. The age of onset is quite predictably in the late forties and fits a dominant-gene model of inheritance. The story presented below is a remarkable demonstration of how one person can make a tremendous impact on our world. This story was adapted from a talk Bea Gorman gave to a Tulsa, Oklahoma, Support Group meeting on July 2, 1986. Her story is a remarkable account of not only "coping" with difficulty, but endeavoring to make things different for others. Bea Gorman has been the recipient of several awards during the past few years, including the Jefferson Award, received in April 1986 from Channel 13, Sacramento, for outstanding public service. The Gormans have been influential in the state assembly and have worked with the governor's task force on Alzheimer's disease. Additionally, both Bea and her husband, John, serve on the advisory board for the University of California, Davis State Alzheimer's Disease Center. Mrs. Gorman is

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