Chi Omegas Flourish
By Patricia Loughry Cox, Iota/U of Texas–Austin
We Keep Our Potato Chips in the Refrigerator: A Memoir of an Alzheimer’s Victim
balance of humor and sadness, Patricia Cox has penned a touching memoir about
her late husband, Fred Thompson, an Alzheimer’s victim, and her reflections on
the day-by-day experiences as a caregiver to one in decline from the dread
disease. She relates candid stories and incidents, including Fred’s arrest for
shoplifting cereal from a supermarket to her realization that he was incapable
of taking a shower by himself.
this book, caregivers, friends, and relatives of
dementia sufferers can find a connection and realize they are not alone in
their dire situations. Caring for or even knowing a victim of Alzheimer’s is
not an easy path. Patricia’s stories make the unreal seem real, the impossible
to one reader of this book, “I laughed and cried. My mom had Alzheimer’s. Your
story is so poignant, so true in ways too many to count. I thank you for
putting into words what so many people go through . . . ”
is on the Alzheimer’s Association Speakers’ Bureau and is teaching memoir
writing classes for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the U of Denver
and The Academy for Lifelong Learning. Although she has had magazine articles
published, We Keep Our Potato Chips in the Refrigerator is her first book.
more about Patricia Cox at http://www.pennedbypatricia.com.