Synopses & Reviews
"Dementia is a condition that affects millions of senior citizens and the number of people afflicted is increasing annually. In this compelling memoir, Stettinius shares the struggles she faces when her mother, Judy, is diagnosed with dementia. Stettinius chronicles Judy's story, from the near-invisible early signs of the affliction to the struggles over elder care, assisted living, rehabilitation, and finally a nursing home. Readers will sympathize with the author's plight and that of her mother as Stettinius learns more about dementia and how little support exists for people suffering from the condition or people caring for an afflicted family member. Stettinius ably illustrates the challenges she faces and shares wisdom and advice she's learned along the way. While the story has no real conclusion Stettinius's mother continues to deteriorate the book offers a wealth of resources for readers dealing with dementia." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A fascinating and hopeful memoir about one woman s journey into family caregiving, and a remarkable, vivid story of the challenges of Alzheimer s care. With the passion of a committed daughter and the fervor of a tireless reporter, Martha Stettinius weaves this compelling story of caregiving for her demented mother with a broad exploration of the causes of Alzheimer's disease, means of treating it, and hopes for preventing it. She shares the lessons she s learned over seven years of caregiving at home, in assisted living, a rehabilitation center, a "memory care" facility for people living with dementia, and a nursing home. One in 8 people over age 65 has Alzheimer's disease, and nearly fifty percent of those over age 85. Appendices share facts that we all need to know, including: how to get a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease; the benefits of early diagnosis; the risk factors for Alzheimer's disease; possible preventive measures; and how to plan for long-term care. The author's greatest gift to readers is that of optimism that caregiving can deepen love, that dementia can be fought, and that families can be strengthened. Her book is appealing, enlightening, and inspiring."