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November 21 , 2008

Elsie at Ebb Tide: Emerging from the Undertow of Alzheimer's


elsie nurmi rides to her minnesota school in a prairie wagon speaking no english, yet she becomes a u.s. protocol officer escorting dignitaries such as astronaut frank borman and edward marcus (neiman-marcus) abroad. she meets heads of state, a pope, views moon launches, and preps presidential visits. Yet when diagnosed with alzheimer's, she begins her most dreaded—and transcendent—journey.

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