Gertrude's Journal

What does it feel like to experience your own
decline through Alzheimer's disease?

Gertrude Dubrovsky's last project, one that she unknowingly created even as she was lamenting her inability to work, does just that. This accomplished author, historian, and activist wrestled with and raged against her Alzheimer's in a years worth of journal entries that can transport the reader directly into the mind of this amazing person as she struggled to understand and make peace with her situation.

The goal of this project is to provide those people on the cusp of the disease — both those afflicted and their supporters — with a sense of what will be likely to come. In Gertrude's own words, "to be forewarned is to be fore-armed."

The first public presentation of this work was at the International Alzheimer's Association Conference, July 2013, in Boston. The introduction from that presentation is copied below.

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All content ©2013 by the authors, Betsy Ross and Ben Dubrovsky, and by the estate of Gertrude Dubrovsky