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Alzheimer News 6/10/2008
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"Diminished Capacity" sheds light on Alzheimer's

The novel "Diminished Capacity," by Sherwood Kiraly, is a humorous, thoughtful and entertaining story that sheds light on Alzheimer's disease.

The main character is the eccentric Rollie Zerbs of La Porte, Missouri, an elderly man living with Alzheimer’s disease. He has baited hooks connected to the keys of an old typewriter by the side of the Mississippi so the local fish can write poetry. He keeps stacks of old newspapers piled up to his bedroom ceiling, and he doesn't know why. But Rollie does have one (sensible) thing going for him a rare 1909 Chicago Cubs tobacco baseball card, one of the most valuable cards in existence. And even though he can't remember where he just put it, he's on his way to Chicago to see what the card will bring.

"Diminished Capacity" is also the basis for a feature film of the same title starring Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda and Virginia Madsen. The movie opens in select markets on July 4.

Get a sneak peek of the novel's first two chapters

Read a bit of the book right here, and then put it on your summer reading list.

See first two chapters of "Diminished Capacity" >>

Last page of book features Association ad

St. Martin's Press, the publisher of "Diminished Capacity," is helping us to raise awareness and concern for Alzheimer's by placing one of our new "Champion" ads in the back of the book. 

See ad >> 

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