I heard Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series and other books, discuss his diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s.
With the use of a computer-based dictation system, he is able to write. In the NPR interview, Pratchett discussed his efforts to make assisted suicide an option for himself and others. For now he is content to keep writing.
In my teens and twenties I watched my Grandmother who had dementia, go from an intelligent former teacher to a woman with a 90-second reality (she would repeat the same 2 or 3 questions). I understand a bit of heartache the future may hold for Pratchett and his family. If you face Alzheimer’s or other dementias, DPL has many resources.
- Keeper: Living with Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's Memoir by Andrea Gillies
- The Alzheimer's Advisor: A Caregiver's Guide to Dealing with the Tough Legal and Practical Issues by Vaughn James
- Biomedical Ethics by Dawn Laney
- Death with Dignity: The Case for Legalizing Physician-Assisted Dying and Euthanasia by Robert Orfali
- The A to Z of Alzheimer's Disease by Carol Turkington and Deborah Mitchell
DPL's health databases may be helpful.
Please also include Medline Plus (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ which also includes links to national organizations supporting patients and caregivers.
Denver Public Library's website also has several health resources including medical libraries that may be helpful.