GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.-The Alzheimer's Association has announced that Mary Margaret Lehmann of Minneapolis 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.
Mary Margaret and her husband Ken joined KARE 11 News @ 4 to share their story.
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, Lehmann was one of only 101 personal stories chosen to be published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer's & Other Dementias.
In Lehman's excerpt, "Joy Through Tears," she writes, "One day, I saw Ken sitting at the computer, staring at it for what seemed a very long time. He said he couldn't remember how to turn it on. It was then that I realized this wasn't just forgetfulness."
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 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.