My Dad's Ronstadt Revival

One of Linda's records brought him back to life, but mostly it's been downhill since a 1999 TIME story

When TIME asked me to write about my 84-year-old father and his descent into Alzheimer's disease, frankly I figured the article would never appear. Too much of a downer. But it did (TIME, Aug. 30, 1999), and nine months later, I'm still hearing from readers. Many have written to console me with similar stories about their parents. One reader sent me cookies. Gil Morris, of Denton, Texas, sent me a song he had recorded about his mother called Her Broken Heart. Some wrote to tell me about families torn apart by the decisions of how to care for an aging parent;...

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