November 1, 2013
Alpha Study Club met Tuesday, October 22 at the home of Rose Russell. President Deb Wentzien opened with a poem “Remember When”. Since Alpha is celebrating their 100th birthday, 19 members answered roll call telling something they would miss that was not available in 1913. The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were given and approved. Marcia Plett introduced Kathy Herink who read the review written by Veta Hildebrandt, “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova. “Still Alice” is a compelling novel of a 50 year old woman’s descent into early onset Alzheimer disease. Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she received a diagnoses of early onset Alzheimer disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, as her sense of self-being is stripped away. It turns heartbreaking, inspiring, and terrifying “Still Alice” captures in remarkable detail what it is like to literally lose your mind. Deb closed the meeting with a reading “Inventions” by Graham King. Rose served a refreshing fruit cup, cookies decorated as witches and ghosts, nuts, candy, coffee and hot cider. The next meeting will be November 12 at the home of Sue Storjohann.
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