Among the various experiences published by people living close to an Alzheimer patient, this book strikes me as being one of the most positive. It gives voice to the hope that, despite the suffering, the physical and emotional pain, the inevitable decline of the loved one, the carer can still find some rewards as well as practical solutions when dealing with the recurring and often unforeseeable problems related to the progress of the disease, through a learning process, a degree of creativity and a great deal of love.
In addition to the author's ability to express this deeply positive attitude, she lucidly describes the story of this dramatic 'journey' in a sober and restrained manner that instantly touches the heart – and not only of those personally involved, but also of those aware of this new social problem and who wish to offer their solidarity. In our modern society, in fact, Alzheimer's disease, as well as other forms of dementia, have engaged the attention of health and social services, not least due to the vast numbers of people affected – resulting from an ageing population – but also because this progressively debilitating disease requires enormous organizational efforts and a great deal of technical and human resources. Those who are involved in such services, as well as those who are socially committed, will therefore find in this book occasion for personal meditation and food for thought. Those now living or who have lived through similar situa-