In 2011, author Norman McCombs stood outside the East Wing of the White House before receiving the National Medal of Technology from President Obama, he asked himself a simple question: How did I come from the circumstances of my birth to the steps of the White House? After losing his wife to a battle with Alzheimer’s, McCombs was left devastated until a chance encounter with a sharp, compassionate librarian named Suzy Hamilton on the steps of the New York Public Library shakes him from the throes of grief, and encourages him to research his ancestry. The result? A Reason To Be, his historical novel, a poignant tale of loss, hope and the transcendent power of the love that binds us to one another.
VP OF CONSTITUENT SERVICES FOR THE NATIONAL ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION:WORLD ALZHEIMER’S MONTH
This week on TALK! with AUDREY: Alzheimer’s disease is an international epidemic impacting a growing number of families around the world and is often misunderstood, preventing people from seeking medical treatment and securing desperately needed support. BETH KALLMYER, the Vice President of Constituent Services for The National Alzheimer’s Association joins me with information about World Alzheimer’s Month and encouraging everyone to “Go Purple.”
Our memories are too important to take for granted. Alzheimer’s disease physician and researcher, DR. WARACHAL FASION, of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, on the early signs of Alzheimer’s, importance of memory screenings, treatment and supporting care givers on this week’s talk! with AUDREY.