None of us know the directions our lives will take, and Collin Tong ’67 has weathered many storms in his life. From the loss of his older brother Roland Tong ‘61 who was shot and killed by a client, to the early diagnosis of his late wife Linda’s Alzheimer’s disease, Collin has taken his painful experiences and turned them into positive opportunities to help others.
In his new anthology, Into the Storm: Journeys with Alzheimer’s, 23
writers, journalists, educators, health practitioners, clergy and other
family caregivers throughout the United States share their intimate
stories of caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other forms of
The stories include a woman caring for her divorced sixty-year-old
husband, a St. Louis couple coping with the multiple trauma of providing
support for four parents who later succumbed to Alzheimer’s, and a
Boston psychotherapist’s moving tale of her 72-year-old husband [a
former professor of comparative literature] whose Alzheimer’s diagnosis
challenges them to live the spiritual teachings they had embraced in
their life together.
This collection offers a roadmap for those who find themselves in the
crucible of one of life’s most difficult challenges -- caring for a
loved one who slips away in the long night of dementia.
The book is now available in either in paperback or ebook editions. Paperback editions can be purchased through local book stores, other wholesalers, or ordered online: www.collintong.com. Ebook editions are available from Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, or Kobo. A major portion of the proceeds will benefit the Linda Tong Endowed
Memorial Scholarship at the University of Redlands.