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Four Umbrellas - A Couple's Journey Into Young-Onset Alzheimer's - cover

Four Umbrellas - A Couple's Journey Into Young-Onset Alzheimer's

June Hutton, Tony Wanless

Publisher: Dundurn

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Summary

A writing couple searches for answers when Alzheimer's causes one of them to lose the place where stories come from — memory. 
 


At the age of fifty-three, Tony walks away from a life of journalism and into an unknown future. June is forty-eight, a writer and  teacher, and over the following decade watches as her husband changes — in interests, goals, and behaviour — until Tony has a fall, ending the life they had known.  
 


A diagnosis is seven years away, yet the signs of Alzheimer’s are all around. A suitcase Tony packs for a trip is jammed with four umbrellas, a visual symbol of cognitive looping. But how far back do these signs go? The couple starts probing the past and finding answers. This is not an old person’s disease.

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