Survivors: In Their Own Words

First-person stories of patients recovering from Alzheimer’s disease—and how they did it.

It has been said that everyone knows a cancer survivor, but no one knows an Alzheimer’s survivor. Now you can hear directly from the first survivors themselves–the first stories of hope.


Dale Bredesen’s first two books presented his groundbreaking research and the program that not only prevents but reverses cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Now at last we hear from the first survivors of this formerly fatal diagnosis.

These first person accounts honestly detail the fear, struggle, and ultimate victory of each patient’s journey. They vividly describe what it is like to have Alzheimer’s. They also drill down on how these patients made the program work for them–the challenges, the workarounds, the encouraging results that are so motivating. Dr. Bredesen includes commentary following each story to help point readers to the tips and tricks that might help them as well.

Dr. Bredesen’s patients have not just survived; they have thrived to rediscover fulfilling lives, rewarding relationships, and meaningful work. This book will give unprecedented hope to patients and their families.

Endorsements for The First Survivors of Alzheimer’s:

"Perhaps the most important quality for Alzheimer’s patients and their families is hope, and in The First Survivors of Alzheimer’s, seven survivors offer genuine hope, both with their poignant stories and with their descriptions of the protocol details that led to their own successes. This is an inspiring book for the millions dealing with the challenges of cognitive decline and for those who want to prevent it."

— Arianna Huffington
Founder & CEO, Thrive Global

"The day has come. Alzheimer’s patients are now recovering. And this momentous shift has not been brought about by the development of a meaningful pharmaceutical intervention, but rather, by the multifaceted, personalized approach developed by Dr. Bredesen. The First Survivors of Alzheimer’s takes us beyond the scientific validation of this program and reveals the depth of the personal narrative of those brave and pioneering individuals who chose to participate in this vanguard, iconoclastic approach to their illness that challenged them and their loved ones to their very cores, and rewarded them with recovery. "

— David Perlmutter, MD, FACN
author, #1 New York Times bestseller, Grain Brain and Brain Wash

"The title The First Survivors of Alzheimer’s draws the reader into the amazing success stories of Alzheimer's patients that have been victorious in the application of the revolutionary program that the author, renowned neurology scientist and clinical innovator, Dr. Dale Bredesen has developed. This is a must-read for all those that have heard that Alzheimer’s disease is an untreatable disease.

— Dr. Jeffrey Bland
author of Disease Delusion and founder of the
Institute for Functional Medicine

"In The First Survivors of Alzheimer’s, seven patients describe their struggles and ultimate triumphs, using the protocol developed by Dr. Bredesen. This book restores hope for the millions of families impacted by Alzheimer's!"

— Terry Wahls, MD
author of The Wahls Protocol:
A radical new way to treat all chronic autoimmune
conditions using paleo principles

"In his new book, "The First Survivors of Alzheimer's," Dr. Dale Bredesen continues to amaze and hearten readers who are either suffering from memory issues, have a loved one with memory issues, or have been told that they carry the Apo E 4 gene and that it is only a matter of time until memory loss occurs. I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Bredesen for many years now and have even shared mutual patients, so I know first-hand that he knows what he's doing!. In uplifting patient stories, told in their own words, in easy to follow advice, and the reasons for that advice, Dr. Bredesen has again written the definitive testing, eating, and lifestyle plan to not only reverse dementia but perhaps more importantly, as he and I do daily in our practices, prevent it from happening in the first place. Your mind (and your whole body) will thank you for reading and following this book!"

— Steven R Gundry MD
four-time NY Times bestselling author of The Plant Paradox,
The Longevity Paradox, and Founder and Medical Director of
The International Heart and Lung Institute
and The Centers for Restorative Medicine