An emotional rollercoaster ride across time and within alternate realities that gives a unique perspective on Alzheimer’s as it follows Anna Metz Segal’s evolving spirit reliving over 80 years of life spanning the tumultuous 20th century. **** In the final months of Anna’s life her soul often left her body taking her on a journey back in time to relive pivotal moments that defined her life. Her guides were people she trusted, those she shared her life with that now live in a realm beyond present reality. It was their task to lead Anna through to the next stage. Her children (Larry, Alice and Susan) were told she had a disease, Alzheimer’s, and struggled with her loss of present memory and altered reality as symptoms of this malady. They feared the disease while she experienced it as a transition – a final rite of passage. Now, as Susan sleeps, Anna returns to share her journey
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Roselyn N. Kachuck (Rozzy) was born New Years Day 1947. Her father was the leader of a band and her mother was a country girl. Rozzy’s career includes a wide range of experiences. She’s been a resort manager, fortuneteller, beautician, counselor and real estate broker (among other things). Rozzy has been a business owner in a restaurant, a vending company and a custom drapery supplier.
She was in California in the sixties but she was back upstate New York at the Woodstock Festival. Her mother’s family farm, where she spent her childhood summers, was walking distance from Yasgur’s Farm where the Woodstock Festival took place.
For fun and inspiration, Rozzy cycled across Zimbabwe, Scandinavia and much of America. She cherishes time spent cycling, backpacking, swimming laps and jogging.
Today she lives with her husband, as she has since 1966. Rozzy has been a volunteer, visiting women in nursing homes. The friendships cultivated there is the inspiration for The Memory Lingers On – The Memoirs of an Alzheimer’s Sojourner.
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As a volunteer, visiting elderly women in nursing homes, I was struck by the similarities that women having Alzheimer’s shared with what many believe to be the final rite of passage – they are reliving their pasts as they communicate with the spirits of those who wait for them on the other side. Anna shares her story witn her daughter in a dream.