Composed of forty moving personal narratives, essays, and works of short fiction about the impacts of Alzheimer’s and dementia, Us Against Alzheimer’s: Stories of Family, Love, and Faith (Arcade Publishing, September 2019) is a groundbreaking multicultural anthology that depicts the challenges patients, family, and caregivers face in dealing with this heart-wrenching disease.
An estimated 5.7 million Americans are afflicted by Alzheimer’s disease, including 10 percent of those over sixty-five, and it is the sixth leading cause of death. But its effects are more pervasive: for all the sufferers, there are more than 16 million caregivers and many more family members. Alzheimer’s wreaks havoc not only on brain cells; it is a disease of the spirit and heart for those who suffer from it and for their families.
The contributors, who have all generously donated their work, include Edwidge Danticat, Julie Otsuka, Elizabeth Nunez, Meryl Comer, Greg O’Brien, Dr. Daniel Potts, Sallie Tisdale, and Nihal Satyadev. Reflecting the diversity and global nature of the dementia crisis, this anthology is published in collaboration with UsAgainstAlzheimer’s.