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"A book that changes
everything for Alzheimer's
couples and caregivers."
A courageous couple shows us a
brilliant and beautiful way to stand up
to Alzheimer's together at home.
"What a timely book! For thousands of couples who are now confronting Alzheimer’s, Mike & Me shines welcome rays of hope into fearful and unfamiliar territory."
—DORIS FLEMING, Cofounder, Creative Expressions Outlet
"Rosalys Peel provides every couple touched by Alzheimer’s with vital information about what lies ahead. Her experiences with husband Mike show us how to live a full and beautiful life together, even while facing a devastating illness."
—JONI POWERS, R.N., B.S., Integrative Medicine
ABOUT THE BOOK
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"I wrote Mike &Me to share vital information with all couples and caregivers as you walk your journey with Alzheimer's. By managing Alzheimer's together at home, Mike and I surpassed virtually all expectations for this disease, and discovered new ways to experience 10 full years of life, love and marriage. Through it all, we approached each day by living with, rather than dying from, Alzheimer's. This book will show you how."
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
When her husband Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Rosalys Peel searched the bookshelves for a "couples guide" that would show them how to deal with Mike's illness at home instead of in a care facility. Unable to find that book, she eventually decided to write it herself. The result is an immediate, practical and inspiring guide that bridges an important gap for today's Alzheimer's couples and caregivers.
You'll find hope, help and inspiration on every spread!
• A NEW WAY TO APPROACH HOME CARE
• LEAVING THE DIAGNOSIS BEHIND
• A GUIDE FOR THE ROAD AHEAD
• KEEPING YOUR DREAMS ALIVE
• HOW FRIENDS AND FAMILY CAN HELP
• HOLDING ON TO YOUR LOVE STORY
• WHAT TO EXPECT THE FIRST 5 YEARS
• MAKING HOME CARE AFFORDABLE
• RESOLVING YOUR DIFFERENCES
• IF WORDS BEGIN TO FAIL
• THE BEST MEDICINE OF ALL
• KEEPING UP WITH YOUR KIDS & GRANDKIDS
• CELEBRATING FAMILY EVENTS & HOLIDAYS
• UNEXPECTED GIFTS IN THE SECOND 5 YEARS
• 12 WAYS WE DEFIED THE STATISTICS
• IN PRAISE OF CAREGIVERS
• HOW LOVE TRIUMPHS OVER ALZHEIMER’S
• COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS IN YEAR NINE
• WE ARE WINNING THE WAR ON ALZHEIMER’S
• NEW HOPE FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW
Praise for Mike & Me
“Rosalys Peel shows couples a path to a full and joyful life, despite one partner’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Mike & Me is the triumph of courage, grace and dignity over this discouraging disease. "
—EVELYN WILLIAMS, Blessings of Dementia
"Mike&Me is so beautifully written! The author illustrates how she and her husband chose to keep right on enjoying life after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Hand in hand they took the leap of faith and embraced the journey together."
—LAUREEN ROGERS, Professional Life Coach
"Here's proof that couples who are fighting the ravages of dementia can still have years of quality time together, I highly recommend taking not just a page out of this book, but the whole thing!"
—Glen R. Finney, MD
"Mike & Me is so beautifully written! The author illustrates how she and her husband chose to keep right on enjoying life after his Alzheimer's diagnosis. Hand in hand they took the leap of faith and embraced the journey together."
—Laureen Rogers, Professional Life Coach
"What a timely book! For thousands of couples who are now confronting Alzheimer's, Mike & Me shines welcome rays of hope into fearful and unfamiliar territory."
—DORIS FLEMING, Cofounder, Creative Expressions Outlet
 
"Pragmatic and heartfelt, insightful and informative, Mike & Me reminds us that Alzheimer's, like life, is about hope, help and abiding love. It is a shared journey."
—Bob Le Roy, Executive Director, Alzheimer's Association Washington State Chapter
"Told with clear-eyed and loving honesty, Mike & Me describes a journey that no couple ever expects to take, but which comes to so many. Those just starting on the Alzheimer's journey as well as those well along will be profoundly supported and helped by this powerful and moving account."
—Rev. Dennis Tierney
"A treasured book of suggestions and guidance. Mike & Me provides vital new insights into many aspects of Alzheimer's, including its impact on family, friends, and especially the patient’s spouse."
—Lawrence Murphy, M.D., Department of Neurology, Swedish Neurosciences
 
"The life skills, love and respect that Rosalys and Mike practiced over the course of their marriage are evident as they now decide how they will try to deal with Alzheimer's at home rather than in a care facility."
—Caroline Stevens, R.N., M.S.W.
"Mike Peel was my patient for more than a decade. This uplifting account makes me cry and smile as I remember how Mike and his adoring wife were able to confront Alzheimer's so effectively together. As I watch my own 93-year-old mother struggle with dementia, I am inspired to be a better caregiver, daughter and neurologist by Rosalys Peel and her wonderful book."
—Lily J. Henson, M.D.
"Mike & Me is a tribute to how a loving couple and family found an inspiring new way to undertake the difficult Alzheimer’s journey. Maintaining the dignity of the patient, providing a safe place as the disease progresses, pursuing needed resources—these and other critical issues are all part of the wisdom in this lovingly written book.
—Dr. Diane Levisohn
 
"Thank you, Rosalys Peel, for opening your courageous loving heart to share your story and journey with the world. Mike & Me is an important book—an indispensable companion offering crucial insights for every couple coping with Alzheimer’s—and doing so on your own terms with courage, grace, and endless love."
—Michele Abrams, Founder, In Concert for Cancer
"Mike & Me provides tangible ways to ease the challenges of Alzheimer's and live each day fully despite a life-limiting illness. It's an inspiring and profound example of how great joy and beauty can come with (and often through) hardship or suffering. I highly recommend it!"
—Natalie Rodden, MD, hospice and palliative medicine physician
"A courageous account that brought tears of joy to my eyes. Each chapter details how love and commitment really can prevail over this deadly disease."
—Tom Gorman, former US Davis Cup Coach
 
"Knowing we have options and choices when confronting Alzheimer's is empowering. Rosalys Peel offers a vivid and loving picture of one couple's decision to live with Alzheimer's in their own way. This book is sure to help many other couples."
—Trudy James, Chaplain. Producer of Speaking of Dying film
"Mike & Me is an immediate, practical and essential lifeline for any couple who decides to tackle Alzheimer's together at home. The author's insights on the legal and financial concerns that every Alzheimer's couple faces are worth the price of the book alone."
—Jesse Robeson, Attorney
"As a hospice nurse I was touched by this couples' endless devotion and commitment to each other. This book is a vital guide for couples confronting the challenges of Alzheimer's, as well as professionals working with the families."
—Barbara Konikow, R.N., Hospice Nurse
 
"A priceless guide for Alzheimer's couples, with fresh insights from the loving spouse's point of view. It's a book about true love, integrity, courage and being there for one another, even when there are no other words to say. This is one book we all may turn to at some point in our lives!"
—Jennifer C. Hurwitz, Legends of Cincinnati Cancer Support Community
"Rich with insight, validation, tools, and anecdotes that deepen our ability to support each other in all the ways dementia touches our lives. It is recommended not only for partners of those with dementia, but also family and clinical professionals working to keep people with memory loss and their caregivers supported in the community."
—Brian Osborn, Providence ElderPlace
"This book is a wise and heartfelt guide for couples and families facing Alzheimer's. The author shows couples how to avoid becoming victims of the disease. Through love and perseverance, she shows us instead how to take the helm and navigate the storms with grace and dignity."
—R. Louise Smyth, M.D.
 
"A loving guide for spouses, family members and friends dealing with Alzheimer’s (but really any progressive or terminal illness). The author's insights are spot-on and she doesn’t hesitate to admit where she made mistakes along the way, in order to help her readers avoid them."
—Amy Reichbach
"What a gift to couples dealing with Alzheimer's! In her candid stories and touching journal entries, Rosalys Peel shows how one couple learned to confront the travails of Alzheimer's together—and managed to stay deeply in love through the entire journey."
—Karen Carson, Educator/Support Group Facilitator
"Mike & Me is a must-have for any couple touched by Alzheimer’s. Wise and compassionate with a powerful thread of commonsense, the book guides us fearlessly through the ups and downs, pitfalls and breakthroughs of this generation’s most misunderstood disease."
—Tom Horton, former CEO, Horton Lance Morocco
 
"Mike & Me is an inspiring how-to guide for couples dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer's at home. It's the story of two people who refused to take the typical path and set out instead on a courageous Alzheimer's journey of their own."
—Anne Zadra, Author, The House at the Bottom of the Hill
"Any couple experiencing the challenges of Alzheimer's can turn confidently to this book. They will find themselves picking it up over and over throughout the journey for inspiration, encouragement and very good advice."
—Brian Lee, Silver Valley Writers
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