When her husband Tony was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2004, Steph Booth had to say goodbye to life as she knew it. The disease encroached into their lives, taking away Tony day by day. In this extract from her powerful memoir Married to Alzheimer’s, Steph recalls what she wish she’d known when Tony was first diagnosed.
When Tony Booth was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s it made little difference to the life he shared with his wife Steph and their family. But a few years down the line it was clear that they had no clue of the hardships ahead of them. In this extract from Steph Booth’s heartbreaking memoir Married to Alzheimer’s, she describes when she first noticed something was wrong with her husband.
Steph Booth is married to actor, Tony Booth, and has four sons and three grandchildren. Before giving up paid employment to look after Tony full time, Steph worked as an English teacher in secondary schools, and later lectured in Politics at the University of Salford. She has been writing for the Irish Times since 2014 about living with and caring for her husband who had advanced Alzheimer’s disease before passing away in 2017. She also gives presentations about her role as a carer to various organisations including the medical profession. She is an obsessional gardener and an occasionally obsessional hand quilter. Steph lives in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.
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