By Mai Nguyen, intern
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and while most of us are aware of this tragic disease, our knowledge of it really only scratches the surface of what all it entails. Author Suzy LaForge recognized this through her own experience with her mother and her involvement with Amazing Place, and wanted to educate people on not just the disease, but on how it affects those who have it. The result was Remembering What Matters, a beautiful collection of stories from Alzheimer’s or dementia patients. The stories were collected at Amazing Place, a Houston organization that provides a dementia day program, caregiver support programs, and community education, serving thousands of individuals each year. The stories touch your heart, proving that the “participants,” as the individuals with dementia are called, still have much to teach us, despite what they’re losing. The book also teaches about the disease itself, providing information that is not all-inclusive, but is a great starting point for learning more about it. Author LaForge bravely shares her own story and what she experienced with her mother’s Alzheimer’s journey. The stories will make you laugh, cry, and smile as you meet ten “participants” and learn their about their journeys. Brought together, the cold hard facts and inspirational stories make for a wonderful book to pick up in honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Purchase a copy today to support this Awareness Month, be inspired, and learn more about a complicated disease that has touched so many lives.