Dancing with Alzheimer's

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iUniverse, Feb 14, 2006 - Medical
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Once a wealthy and sophisticated European dancer, Elizabeth 'Betty" Bromley is now spiraling downward into the abyss that is Alzheimer's disease-a world that relentlessly tightens its grip on the woman's sanity. At one time rich and powerful, Lolita Rimblas is on the brink of losing everything. Fate brings the two women together, and while they fight to hold on to Mrs. Bromley's memories, Lolita struggles to forget her own.

Both Mrs. Bromley and Lolita are caught in a vortex of emotional turmoil that fills each day with despair, embarrassment, laughter, and eventually, acceptance. Lolita never imagined herself to be chasing after a dog and cataloguing its feces, preparing a dinner party for a ghost, fending off flashlight attacks in the middle of the night, or defending herself from affronts to her morality and self-esteem. But as days and nights fuse together, the two women develop a bond wrought from need, pity, loyalty, and a love that even Alzheimer's can't break.

As Lolita helps Mrs. Bromley retain some of the dignity that Alzheimer's has taken away, she finds herself having to choose between following her lifelong dream or listening to the dictates of her unrelenting conscience.

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