In a Moving Essay for AARP, Acclaimed 'War of the Roses' Author, Warren Adler, Reveals His Struggle With Extreme Loneliness As His Wife of 67 Years Declines From Dementia

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In a moving reflection for AARP the Magazine titled "My Longest Goodbye," acclaimed novelist Warren Adler, well-known for his iconic divorce story turned box-office hit 'The War of the Roses,' opens up about his personal battle with losing his wife of 67 years to Alzheimer's-dementia, the pervasive disease affecting the lives of an estimated 5.7 million Americans of 2018 and the number expected to grow to nearly 14 million by 2050. With his own long-term memory vivid and intact at the age of ninety-one, Adler discusses the complexities and loneliness he confronts in what he considers to be the longest goodbye of his life.

NEW YORK, March 7, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- In a moving reflection for AARP the Magazine titled "My Longest Goodbye,"

acclaimed novelist Warren Adler, well-known for his iconic divorce story turned box-office hit 'The War of the Roses,' opens up about his personal battle with losing his wife of 67 years to Alzheimer's dementia, the pervasive disease affecting the lives of an estimated 5.7 million Americans as of 2018. With his own long-term memory vivid and intact at the age of ninety-one, Adler discusses the complexities and loneliness he confronts in what he considers to be the longest goodbye of his life.

"I've spent my entire career writing fiction, creating characters trying to make sense out of struggles that I think are real and relatable. This reflection is no different - I want the millions of people out there dealing with friends and family members suffering from this disease to be reminded they're not alone in their struggle." said Warren Adler

"The editors were very touched by Mr. Adler's essay, and we're proud to have it in the magazine," said Executive Editor Margaret Guroff. "Through his hard experience and beautiful prose, Mr. Adler shows us exactly what is stolen by this devastating disease—and what can never be stolen."

Warren Adler is the prolific author of over 50 works of fiction of varying genres including his iconic 'The War of the Roses,' 'Private Lies,' 'Random Hearts,' and 'The Sunset Gang,' the short story series about aging in America that inspired the PBS American Playhouse TV trilogy produced by Linda Lavin. His works deal mainly with relationships; the relationship of parents to children, especially fathers, and how love either disintegrates or flourishes in family dynamics. His new nine-episode podcast, 'Then - An Oral Memoir of a Writer's Life,' is now available for free on iTunes.

Numerous adaptations of his novels are now in development by Grey Eagle Films, headed by CEO Jonathan R. Adler, including the sequel to 'The War of the Roses,' titled 'The Children of the Roses,' 'Serpent's Bite,' 'Residue,' 'Torture Man,' 'Funny Boys,' 'The Womanizer,' 'Mourning Glory,' and his bestselling soviet spy thriller 'Target Churchill.' The stage version of 'The War of the Roses' continues its successful international tour currently running in France, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic and soon to open on Broadway.

His latest, 'Last Call,' is the story of a late-life love affair. Warren Adler's entire collection of novels are available in eBook, print and audio on Amazon.

Read the original essay here

Essay published in AARP the Magazine February/March 2019 issue*

For media inquiries, please contact Communications Director Steven Ramotar at Steven(at)warrenadler(dot)com

 

SOURCE AARP the Magazine



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