Evanston Resident Published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias
Evanston, IL – 04/21/2014– The Alzheimer’s Association® announced Carrie Jackson of Evanston has been selected as a published author in the new edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias. The book, comprised of essays, stories and poems from people living with Alzheimer's or another dementia, caregivers and affected friends and family members, will help raise awareness of the Alzheimer’s epidemic and comfort those impacted by the disease.
For more than 20 years, Chicken Soup for the Soul has published inspirational books with extraordinary stories. The Alzheimer’s Association and Chicken Soup for the Soup collaborated to create this important collection to support the more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and their 15.5 million caregivers. The personal submissions provide practical advice, encouragement, insight and support to readers.
Out of thousands of submissions, Jackson was one of only 101 personal stories chosen to be published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias.
Jackson writes in her story The Hand That Feeds, “With each bite I feed him, I am reminded of what his doctors and the hospice team keep saying- as long as he has nutrition and is able to take food, he could survive for quite some time. And I think of the pain he is in. And I think of the loneliness in his eyes when I’m not there. And I wonder if what I’m doing is helping or hurting. He is chewing, swallowing, digesting. He is surviving. But is that what he wants? Is it worth it?”
"It is so incredible to see Carrie open up and share these personal stories and moments. This edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul not only helps bring awareness to the 210,000 Illinois residents diagnosed with Alzheimer's, but reaches out to the 587,000 caregivers in our state who work around the clock to care for those diagnosed with Alzheimer's,” said Erna Colborn, President and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association Greater Illinois Chapter. “The nearly 800,000 affected here in Illinois is just a small percentage of the millions of people across the globe working to fight this disease. This collection of stories reminds us that we are not alone in this fight."
Alzheimer’s disease is the nation’s sixth leading cause of death and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the U.S. without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. In 2013, 15.5 million family and friends provided 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease, visit the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org® or call 800.272.3900.
About the Alzheimer’s Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit www.alz.org® or call 800.272.3900.