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  • Hachette Australia
  • Hachette Australia

The Long Goodbye: Lessons on humanity from the grips of Alzheimer s

Keri Kitay

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Biography, Memoirs

A powerful mix of memoir and hard-earned knowledge, in The Long Goodbye, Keri Kitay charts her family's poignant and devastating journey after their mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease.

When Keri Kitay's mother, Terry, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, nothing could have prepared her family for what lay ahead. The diagnosis and the years that followed rocked their world in unimaginable ways.

In this powerful mix of memoir and hard-earned knowledge, Keri charts her family's journey: what life was like before Alzheimer's, the early signs that everybody missed, the day they got the shattering news, coming to terms with the grim prognosis . . . and most devastatingly, witnessing the woman they knew and loved slowly fade away.

Poignant and moving, The Long Goodbye is a stirring account of losing a parent to the ravages of an unforgiving disease and a heartfelt exploration of what it means to face this with grace and dignity.

This is a story about ordinary family ties which became extraordinary through necessity, about unbreakable bonds and unconditional love, and what holds us close even in the most heartbreaking of circumstances.

'A significant resource for anyone faced with dementia' PROFESSOR HENRY BRODATY

'Raw and honest . . . An important resource for those dealing with dementia, especially families and friends who are grappling with how to care for someone facing this cruel illness' AUSTRALIAN JEWISH NEWS

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Keri Kitay

Keri Kitay is a communications professional who has a passion for health and wellbeing. Witnessing the devastating impacts Alzheimer's has on a person, she feels it is her duty and responsibility to educate people and provide knowledge and tools to make better informed health decisions.

Keri is also a sister, daughter, granddaughter, aunty, friend and colleague who generally believes in the welfare of others. She is a fitness ambassador for CHeBA (The Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing) and a board member for UIA (United Israel Appeal).

Keri has also had a fulfilling career working in the health, fitness and sport industry with national and global brands delivering key events and campaigns. She is an entrepreneur at heart and has a passion for storytelling.

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