Jun 30, 2012

An Interview with a Reporter From People Magazine

By Max Wallack
Alzheimer's Reading Room

A few days ago I was contacted by a reporter from People Magazine.  We spent almost an hour talking on the phone.

He was very interested in PuzzlesToRemember and how it developed from my caring for my Great Grams, who had dementia.  He loved hearing about my mission to become a Geriatric Psychiatrist, working with patients and their caregivers, but also conducting research in the field.

He asked deep and thoughtful questions.  It was not a superficial interview.  He was obviously an expert at his job.  He even warned me that if the article did appear in People, I would probably receive thousands of emails a day, and he wanted to make sure I would not be overwhelmed.

Then, yesterday, he contacted me by email to say that his editor had chosen another teen to write about.
 
If you are feeling disappointed for me, put that thought away!

Instead, People Magazine will be focusing on the story of a teen in Utah, whose mother has early onset Alzheimer’s disease.  When the dad found out about the diagnosis, he deserted his family, leaving this teen to care for the mom, alone!

I, for one, look forward to reading this story.  I look forward to this teen receiving the thousands of emails each day, and I hope these emails bring him/her comfort, support, and the esteem he/she deserves for stepping up to this challenge.

I hope I will be able to contact this teen and offer the benefits of any advice or experience I have.

I hope I can lead him/her to the AlzheimersReadingRoom, so he can find the answers to the many questions that he/she must face daily.

I will be sure to let everyone know when this article appears.  I hope you all will be among the thousands sending supportive emails to this teen.



Max Wallack is a student at Boston University. His great grandmother, Gertrude, suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Max is the founder ofPUZZLES TO REMEMBER. PTR is a project that provides puzzles to nursing homes and veterans institutions that care for Alzheimer's and dementia patients.