I Still Do
Loving and Living with Alzheimer's
Publication Date: September 15, 2009
Categories: Diseases - Alzheimer's & Dementia
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“This is a lovely book about a devastating problem—Alzheimer’s. The pages are like poetry and the photos say more than words. Anyone who has cared for a loved one with Alzheimer’s will relate to and appreciate every one of these pages.”
—Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
“There is a sweetness in the light Judith Fox finds that softens a brutally unique and all too common experience. Ms. Fox has made the story about love and devotion when it might easily be expected to be about a more tragic and angry vision. But the tough stuff is lurking around every corner...”
—Arthur Ollman, Director, School of Art, Design, and Art History at San Diego State University
Three years into their marriage, Judith Fox’s husband, Dr. Edmund Ackell, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Over the course of the next ten years, Fox watched as the man who used to perform surgery, fly planes, and run universities, forgot how to turn on the coffee maker, place a phone call, or remember what his wife had told him two minutes earlier.
More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s. A poignant and beautiful portrait of a man with Alzheimer’s as seen through the loving lens and words of his wife and care-partner, I Still Do: Loving and Living With Alzheimer’s puts a human face in front of the statistics, exploring the disease through Fox’s intimate photographs and poetic writing. While the details of I Still Do are personal and unique, this deeply candid story of illness, aging, partnership, and loving is universal.
Judith Fox has always had two careers: one as an artist and one as an entrepreneur. After working as a photographer, writer, and business executive in New York, Fox started a service company in Virginia that expanded in size and reputation and was eventually purchased by a New York Stock Exchange firm. After selling her company, she devoted herself full-time to photography. Widely exhibited on both coasts of the United States, Fox’s photography is also in many private and public collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, and the Harry Ransom Center in Austin. Fox has been featured in dozens of newspaper and magazine articles and interviewed on numerous television and radio shows. Her NPR program, On the Job, ran in Virginia and Washington, D.C. She lives and works in California.
Roy Flukinger is the Senior Research Curator of Photography and former Senior Curator of Photography and Film of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He has published and lectured extensively in the fields of regional, cultural, and contemporary photography, and on the history of art and photography, and has produced or participated in nearly 80 exhibitions. He is currently completing the book and exhibition, Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty.
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