Summary Of ' Alice Howland ' Essay

855 Words Oct 6th, 2015 4 Pages
She didn’t want to become someone people avoided and feared. She wanted to live to hold Anna’s baby and know it was her grandchild. She wanted to see Lydia act in something she was proud of. She wanted to see Tom fall in love. She wanted to read every book she could before she could no longer read.
Alice Howland is proud of the life she has worked so hard to build. A Harvard professor, she has a successful husband and three grown children. When Alice begins to grow forgetful at first she just dismisses it, but when she gets lost in her own neighborhood she realizes that something is terribly wrong. Alice finds herself in the rapid downward spiral of Alzheimer’s disease. She is only 50 years old.
While Alice once placed her worth and identity in her celebrated and respected academic life, now she must re-evaluate her relationship with her husband, her expectations of her children and her ideas about herself and her place in the world. Losing her yesterdays, her short-term memory hanging on by a couple of frayed threads, she is living in the moment, living for each day. But she is still Alice. Over the centuries, marriages and families have undergone many changes. The two main characters, Alice and John are brilliant scientists and two of their children are also in the field of medicine. Support for marriages and families are needed to recover from ongoing pain and loss of family members. The heartache of seeing Alice, at times so blissfully unaware of her loss, is countered…

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