Martha-Lee Ellis Writes of Living with Alzheimer’s disease

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Author pens new memoir of coping with a spouse’s diagnosis

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It became more and more apparent to me as I faced the complications of daily life with my husband’s Alzheimer’s Disease, how unprepared I was to live with it.

Over five million Americans have Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia and the number of people age 65 and older diagnosed with the disease will more than double between 2010 and 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Managing the fear, anxiety, loneliness, and pressure of caring for a spouse with Alzheimer’s is overwhelming. “The Other Side of Alzheimer’s” (published by Balboa Press) by Martha-Lee Ellis, chronicles 10 years of her day to day life as the primary caregiver for her husband diagnosed with the disease.

“It became more and more apparent to me as I faced the complications of daily life with my husband’s Alzheimer’s Disease, how unprepared I was to live with it,” says Ellis. “I learned about the disease, but I didn’t learn how to handle how it felt to live with it or how isolated and lonely it was.”

“The Other Side of Alzheimer’s” is a collection of experiences, reactions and incidents that carries the reader from Ellis’ reactions before and after the diagnosis, through the loss of abilities and recognition, to finding peace and acceptance among the difficulties at the end of the journey. A powerful admission of her own feelings, Ellis shares her story as she witnessed the life-altering reality and deteriorating effects of Alzheimer’s in her marriage.

“I experienced a jolting realization that I was changing, too, as a result of his inability to communicate meaningfully, to make decisions or to remember how to do familiar tasks. I was overwhelmed by my own inadequacy to control my helpless and depressed feelings,” she explains. “It was through the writing of our story that I began to see how I survived it, and that remembering the love that was in the beginning of our relationship gave me the strength to face the daily challenges.”

“The Other Side of Alzheimer’s
What Happens to You When Your Spouse Has Alzheimer’s”
By Martha-Lee Ellis
ISBN: 978-1-45254-571-4
Paperback: $14.99
eBook: $4.99
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About the author:
Martha-Lee Ellis cared for her husband for 10 years during his struggle with Alzheimer’s. Holding a Master of Education from East Carolina University, Ellis is an experienced lecturer. She is also the former president of the North Carolina Association of Directors of Disability Centers, active in the Ruth Sheets Center Support Group for Caregivers of Persons with Dementia, on the Meredith College (NC) Social Work Advisory Board and Ruth Sheets Adult Care Center Board of Directors, as well as the Frankie Lemmon Foundation Board of Directors for children with disabilities. She was born and reared in Wilmington, NC, the daughter of Leslie and Virginia Begor, and has lived in Raleigh, NC for the past 35 years.


EDITORS: For review copies or interview questions, contact:
Dassie Rice
317-602-7137| drice(at)bohlsengroup(dot)com
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