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New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Genova Returns with Heartbreaking Novel ‘Every Note Played’

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In her latest novel, Every Note Played (Scout Press/Gallery), concert pianist Richard has experienced life’s joys through playing the piano, his expert fingers on the keys his livelihood and his passion. But, when he is given the diagnosis of ALS, Richard starts losing the use of his hands, then arms. His ex-wife Katrina is leading an unfulfilling life, teaching piano to disinterested kids after school. Years ago her career was put on hold for Richard, and she never faced her fear of actually pursuing her dreams.  Feeling like she has little choice, Katrina reluctantly decides to be Richard’s caretaker. Genova expertly explores regret, guilt and forgiveness as we witness the progression of this deadly disease. Richard and Katrina tip-toe around their…

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Tall Poppies Review: ‘I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around’ is Witty and Heartfelt

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I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around by Ann Garvin is a witty, heartfelt novel that deals with life’s beautiful imperfections as well as the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s. Writing with both honesty and levity, Garvin draws back the curtain and shows readers a family that is faced with this heartbreaking disease that slowly robs them of their loved ones. The story takes place in Madison, Wisconsin, where psychologist Tig Monahan is committed to taking care of others – the couples who attend her therapy sessions, her family, and her mother, Hallie, whose dementia has progressed to the point where she must now live in an assisted living facility. As a person who prides herself on maintaining control and…

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Video: Missed It? Live Interview with Greg O’Brien and On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s

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This is a book about living with Alzheimer’s, not dying with it. It is a book about hope, faith, and humor—a prescription far more powerful than the conventional medication available today to fight this disease. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.—and the only one of these diseases on the rise. More than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia; about 35 million people worldwide. Greg O’Brien, an award-winning investigative reporter, has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s and is one of those faceless numbers. Acting on long-term memory and skill coupled with well-developed journalistic grit, O’Brien decided to tackle the disease and his imminent decline by writing frankly about the journey.…

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Summer solstice is the longest day for those with Alzheimer’s

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As a child, I started counting daylight minutes beginning with the winter solstice. Today, at age 64, I stand still in the sun on the longest day, but for a different reason. The longest day has new meaning for me as I battle Alzheimer’s disease. For those afflicted, and for their caregivers, each day brings new trials from sunrise to sunset; every day is the Longest Day. As one of 10 kids in an Irish Catholic family, I learned early on that you never get mad; you get even. I seek now to get even with Alzheimer’s, as teams around the world come together to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing the disease on this day of…

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Video: Missed It? Watch Greg O’Brien, Author of ON PLUTO: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s

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ABOUT ON PLUTO This is a book about living with Alzheimer’s, not dying with it. It is a book about hope, faith, and humor—a prescription far more powerful than the conventional medication available today to fight this disease. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.—and the only one of these diseases on the rise. More than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia; about 35 million people worldwide. Greg O’Brien, an award-winning investigative reporter, has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s and is one of those faceless numbers. Acting on long-term memory and skill coupled with well-developed journalistic grit, O’Brien decided to tackle the disease and his imminent decline by writing frankly…

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