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MFF Publishing Presents

Still Me: Accepting Alzheimer’s Without Losing Yourself

Rebecca Chopp never expected a routine annual checkup to uncover symptoms that ultimately revealed she has early-stage Alzheimer’s. After retiring in 2019 as the 18th and first female chancellor of the University of Denver, she became an Alzheimer’s activist and educator. She co-founded Voices of Alzheimer’s and today serves on the board of the national Alzheimer’s Association. She is a frequent speaker and writer on timely diagnosis, research for a cure, access and affordability of drugs, and lifestyle intervention for those with Alzheimer’s.

Before Chopp’s diagnosis, she was a widely published author and editor, an ordained minister, and a renowned academic in the fields of education, philosophy, religion and feminism. Prior to leading the University of Denver, she was president of Swarthmore College and Colgate University. Earlier in her career she taught at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, served as provost at Emory, and as a dean at Yale. Since retiring, Chopp enjoys painting classical portraits and abstracts, hiking with her dog, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

MFF Publishing is proud to support Still Me. This breakthrough book, Chopp’s fifth, is about how patients can live well and find joy after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is a must-read, not only for patients but also for family members, healthcare professionals and anyone interested in maintaining a healthy brain as they age. The book was so eagerly anticipated that it became an Amazon best-seller during the pre-sale period!

Read Our Exclusive Interview with Rebecca

Testimonials

"Rather than telling people to get their affairs in order, doctors should be required to give Rebecca’s book to all new patients and to remind them that there is much life to live even after diagnosis."

Phil Gutis Former reporter, New York Times, columnist for Being Patient

“Rebecca Chopp, an extraordinary leader in higher education, has written perhaps her best book as a gift to all of us. She tells the story of how she faced a devastating diagnosis—Alzheimer’s—with courage and creativity. I expected deep sadness. Instead, I found a brilliant, fierce confrontational strategy to live a life of joy and meaning. Wow!"

Donna Shalala Former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Interim President, The New School

"Though Rebecca described herself as a ‘brain attached to a body,’ this book reveals the deeper reality that her family and friends have long known. She is a beautiful heart attached to a loving soul. Still Me is a profound, beautiful, and loving gift to the world, to be long cherished and well used.”

John Witte, Jr. Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law and McDonald Distinguished Professor of Religion, Emory University

Rebecca on the TedX Stage

On November 7, 2023, Rebecca Chopp did what many thought was impossible for someone who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s nearly five years before. She took to the stage at TedX Women Cherry Creek and delivered her talk from memory. Her powerful idea worth spreading is that it is possible to “live with joy” even after the diagnosis. Watch her talk to learn how she is slowing the progression of the disease.

 

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