Husband Meets the Challenges of Alzheimer’s

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Carl N. Bock details how his wife’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease changed his life and how he was able to find joy within the devastating change of events

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According to recent estimates published by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, as many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a reality author Carl N. Bock understands well. In his new book “Finding Joy in Adversity: The Alzheimer's Challenge” (published by Trafford Publishing), Bock tells of meeting the challenges of Alzheimer’s after his wife Helen was diagnosed with the disease.

“Finding Joy in Adversity” is many things: a chronicle of one man’s dedication to the care of the woman he loves; a journey into the recesses of tremendous fear, anxiety and frustrations; and the exploration of the anatomy of distress. Yet, more importantly it is an enlightening analysis of how through the greatest darkness, joy can still reign over adversity.

“Throughout all the bad days, sad days and more of the good days of this experience, I was able to lessen the adversity by looking for the joys presented in all aspects of life,” says Bock. “I accepted the task of caregiver for my wife of 32 years as she faced the terrible ordeal of resisting this thing known as Alzheimer’s disease. We chose to do it all at home if at all possible – which it was. This new task of care giving was not the most comfortable assignment I ever undertook in my lifetime, but it did turn out to be the most rewarding experience I have ever had the occasion to encounter.”

Bock, a retired Navy Seabee master chief construction man, illustrates in “Finding Joy in Adversity” how overwhelming feelings of fear and bewilderment were countered with a determined search for ways to transform the negativity into a positive joyful happening.

“This is the story I was repeatedly encouraged to record and share,” says Bock. “This is how I experienced a case of Alzheimer’s disease; both the good and the bad; from the anger to the joy.”

About the Author
Carl N. Bock was born in Crawford County, Missouri just outside the small town of Bourbon on December 25, 1930. He worked for three years in construction work before joining the U.S. Navy, where he was assigned to many projects throughout the Pacific Ocean. He established a construction quality control service which was maintained until the end of 1999. He also devoted his time to serving as an advisor to Masonic Youth Groups which included various Chapters of the Order of DeMolay for Boys throughout the state of Arizona.

Bock is a Life Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Association for Research and Enlightenment (Edgar Cayce Foundation), and five associated Masonic organizations including The Order of Eastern Star and Shriners. He lives in Sun City, Arizona and is active with the Unity Spiritual Center of Sun City as a Member of the Board of Trustees.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit


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