When Can I Go Home? A Book Discussion with Dr. Joseph Sivak

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Meet with author Dr. Joseph Sivak and discuss his book When Can I Go Home? a medical memoir.

Dr. Joseph Sivak, a psychiatrist, talks about his own experience as a young adult taking care of his mother with Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Sivak, will discuss his book, When Can I Go Home?, and will answer general questions about Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Sivak is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

When Can I Go Home? is a medical memoir about Alzheimer’s disease from the dual perspective of a family member and a clinician.. In 1979, at the unprecedented age of seventeen, the author became the primary caregiver for his mother, stricken with the disease. The true story illustrates the simultaneous struggle of coping with the disease juxtaposed against the battle to become a physician. The author since went on to treat thousands of patients with a variety of illnesses including Alzheimer’s disease. The narrative offers keen insights for both the Alzheimer’s victim family members and the professional alike.

Joseph J. Sivak MD is a physician and practices psychiatry. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Educated at Hahnemann University and trained at the University of Rochester, Dr. Sivak’s realm of expertise are in the areas of mood and anxiety disorders and post traumatic stress disorder. “When Can I Go Home” is his first major literary work.

The book discussion will take place with Dr. Sivak at two Long Beach Public Libraries on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

  • from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Alamitos Library (1836 E. Third Street) or
  • from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Los Altos Library (5614 E. Britton Drive).

For more information contact the Alamitos Library at (562) 570-1037 or at the Los Altos Library at (562) 570-1045.

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