The preceding is an excerpt from Finding the Right Words: A Story of Literature, Grief, and the Brain, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Copyright 2021. Used with permission.
Cindy Weinstein is an English professor who wrote a dual memoir with Dr. Bruce Miller, neurologist at UCSF, about her father’s early-onset Alzheimer’s. She describes her father’s illness from the point of view of a daughter and lover of literature and Bruce from the point of view of a son and neurologist. In chapters about diagnosis, word-finding, spatial disorientation, and behavior, the last chapter is about — memory — and she is able to recover memories of my father before he became sick. Learn more about Cindy at https://weinsteinandmiller.com