Scenes from a marriage: Alzheimer’s memoir is a study in love and resilience

Dealing with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is heart-rending, not only for those directly affected, but also for their families. In an extract from Memory Serves Me Wrong: A Memoir of Theatre, Love and Loss to Early-onset Alzheimer's, by former actor and theatre producer Ronan Smith, his wife Miriam Brady writes of how the diagnosis changed her life

17th July, 2021
Scenes from a marriage: Alzheimer’s memoir is a study in love and resilience
Miriam Brady and Ronan Smith at home near Lacken in Co Wicklow: ‘There are times I see that spark. He’ll come out with a John B Keane accent and phrase to make me, and others, laugh. He can still perform! It’s second nature to him.’ Picture: Bryan Meade

If I had one wish, I would go back to a day in 1991. It was winter, and Ronan and I were in India on a belated honeymoon. Bangaram Island is one of the tiniest, most beautiful islands in an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It has white sands, azure sea and a three-kilometre warm lagoon surrounding it, and it became the christening place of my first-ever swim.

As a non-swimmer I had a fear of...

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