Two years after his wife, Jane, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Robert McAllister began a journal, closely documenting the course of Jane's illness, and all that transpired between them. He wrote faithfully for Jane's sake and for his own, always committed to deepening his understanding of the disease and to talking openly with Jane about what was happening. He promised not only to be her sole caretaker till the end, but always to be at her side to help her sort out Alzheimer's devastating consequences from the "essential Jane" who was the love of his life and complete companion for over fifty years. Robert was 92 at the time of Jane's death and the completion of his journal. His graceful writing, emotional honesty, and ability to convey the transformative power of their love and their abiding faith in God makes this book stand as one of the most powerful additions to the Alzheimer's literature.
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Robert McAllister has been involved in the care of the emotionally ill since 1956. He has lectured throughout the United States and has published three books and over 20 articles relating to mental health and religion. He received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Catholic University and an M.D. from Georgetown University. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Six years ago he retired to become the sole caregiver for his wife, Jane, diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Jane died February 23, 2012. Robert continues to live in Columbia, MD. Authorhouse published my book, Emotions:Mystery or Madness, in 2007. On back of that cover you printed my picture with the biography. Do you still have that in your files. I would like to have it done the same as on that book.
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