Susan Faludi’s memoir reveals the deep complexity of her father’s many identities.
Dementia is graphic. These illustrated narratives draw out insights to provide empathy and healing for caregivers.
Perhaps it's only when we let go of who and what our loved one was that we can receive who they are now.
It's hard for me to watch as places become a blur for my elderly parents. It's as if each home they've had has merged into one great longing.
"I have a life that is rich in experience, and is now rich in spirit." This is how Bob DeMarco opened the new year on his blog. At 61, DeMarco is sole caretaker of his 96-year-old mom, Dotty. At one time he was an institutional salesman of derivatives, futures, options and mortgages; at another time he was chief executive of a small software company. He was once married and is now divorced. But according to Jane Gross, DeMarco always knew he would drop it all to care for his mother when the time came. That time came eight years ago.
My father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at age 80. Had I read these three new books, I might have been more helpful to him in that difficult moment.