NC Literary Hall of Fame



20 Minutes from Home by Bob Ringham

$24.95, hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-692764176
September, 2016
Nonfiction: Alzheimer's / Photography
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Bob Ringham's wife, Peg, has Dementia, and he feels angry, frustrated, and helpless. Dementia is a terrible disease that lives in the shadows. It does not discriminate on its victims; unlike cancer, heart attacks, and diabetes, you can't become a survivor.

You can, with a lifestyle change, continue to have a healthy life.

Dementia pulls you into the shadows and you now live in a world you feel ashamed, frustrated, and helpless. Once you’re in the shadows, there is not cure for this disease, and it pulls you deeper into the abyss with only a thread of hope. It begins so innocently such as misplacing your car keys or forgetting how to use the microwave—simple task that continues to escalate into remembering passwords, meeting deadlines, and forgetting your way home.

That’s how it began for Peg.

Over five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. Peg has Dementia with Lewy Bodies. The symptoms are confusion and alertness issues from day to day. Parkinson’s-like symptoms, visual hallucinations, delusions, and tremors affect her short term memory.

Ringham needed to do something more than just be a husband, caregiver, and a parent. He wanted to make a difference.

These images tell the story of his journey to the store, to his swim class, or dropping his daughter Clare off at school. Moments captured seeing the light and moving on. It seem like he's always moving on.

His tasks as a caregiver are demanding, but it’s a road that he must travel. He and Peg had dreams to retire, travel, write the great novel, or just sit and hold hands and watch the sunset.

One hundred percent of the proceeds of this book go to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Bob Ringham, award-winning photojournalist began his career in 1976 at Bloomington, Illinois, Daily Pantagraph. Ringham moved onto the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and joined the Chicago Sun-Times in 1984. Ringham also was the Director of Photography for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Ringham’s work has made a difference in many people's lives with his photography. Ringham covered the Mexico City earthquake, return to Vietnam, The Chicago Bears Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, and NBA finals. He is the author of the book, 20 Minutes from Home.

Ringham served in Vietnam as a combat Marine and was awarded a Purple Heart for his wounds in 1968. Graduate of Southern Illinois University, 1976.

Ringham highlighted his career with over hundred awards including the George Day Award, Peter Lisagor Award for Excellent Photojournalism, and was awarded Gannett’s Rising Star Award.

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