Anne Bashkiroff was a pioneer in the fight for Alzheimer’s awareness. Her dear husband, Sasha, suffered for nine years with this terrible brain- and soul-damaging illness. Anne was faced with unanswered questions, economic heartaches, and lonely nights of suffering. The consequences of Alzheimer's and the extended burden the disease places on families and caregivers was not fully known in the 1970s. Instead of giving up, Bashkiroff moved to make the world aware of the silent disease. Her strength and dedication led her to help establish the Family Survival Project. In 1979, she testified before First Lady Rosalynn Carter about the needs of caregivers. Bashkiroff turned her inward suffering to outward hope.
Chapter One: Lest We Forget
Chapter Two: For Better
Chapter Three: For Worse
Chapter Four: In Sickness and in Health
Chapter Five: The Decision
Chapter Six: Abandoned
Chapter Seven: Grass-Roots
Chapter Eight: The Activist
Chapter Nine: Despair
Chapter Ten: The Spirit of Survival
Anne Bashkiroff: Awards and Milestones
About Family Caregiver Alliance Caregiving: Strategies for Dealing with Stress and Frustration
Gail Bernice Holland is an award-winning journalist who has worked for newspapers and magazines in Britain and the United States. She was a staff writer for Home Magazine in London, England, a feature writer for the San Francisco Examiner newspaper, and editor of Connections magazine published by the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Her honors include the California State Bar Sigma Delta Chi Press award for "outstanding achievement by an editorial worker in reporting and interpreting the administration of justice in California." Holland has also worked in the movie industry, written radio commentaries, and is the author of four books: Love Each Day (Loving Healing Press, 2010), Forget-Me-Not (Purdue University Press, 2007), A Call for Connection (New World Library, 1998) and For Sasha, With Love (Dembner Books, 1985).