April 2011 Non-Fiction Book of the Month.
Few people are left untouched by Dementia – as sufferer, carer, friend, child or relation, all of us need to understand this curse of an illness. Adapted from her blog for Saga magazine, Marianne Talbot’s short pieces see her grappling with medical care, trying to sort out funding and fees, trying desperately to give her mother the care she deserves until their relationship fragments under the strain of her Mother’s Alzheimer’s and a care home the only answer. There are flashes of humour amongst the sadness, there’s anger too at the mish-mash of services on offer, the strain of dealing with the many-headed bureaucratic machine and the pathos of losing a much-loved parent to this living death. Marianne Talbot’s account of caring for her mother is worth more than any book of theory, she’s been there – and had to wash the t-shirt.
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'At 3am I was startled awake by the opening of the stairgate. Leaping out of bed I found Mum, clothes on over her pyjamas, grumbling she was fed up of being moved from pillar to post and was going home.' When her mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Marianne Talbot decided she couldn't put her into a care home.
Instead, for five years, she looked after her mum in her own home. For nearly three of those years she chronicled for the readers of Saga Magazine Online the fears and frustrations, the love and the laughter, and the tears and the traumas of caring. Now, in this heart warming book, you too can meet Marianne, Mum, and the appalling Fatcat.
You will also find plenty of practical tips for caring for someone with dementia and on staying sane whilst doing so, a resources and useful contacts section and Marianne's reflections on caring from a distance, and on when caring comes to an end. Written for anyone, anywhere, who has anything to do with dementia or with caring; in reading it you will know you are not alone.
Publication date: 25/03/2011
Publisher: Hay House UK Ltd
|Publication date:||25th March 2011|
|Publisher:||Hay House UK Ltd|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, Books of the Month, eBook Favourites, Lifestyle & Health, The Real World,|
|Categories:||Home nursing & caring, Coping with illness & specific conditions, Memoirs, AlzheimerÍs & dementia,|
Marianne Talbot left school at 15. She is now Director of Studies in philosophy at Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education, where she specialises in ethics and the philosophy of mind. Marianne cared for both her parents from a distance for 9 years before bringing her mum to live with her. She enjoys swimming, cycling, reading detective novels and going out with friends. A donation of 5 per cent of the author's profits from sales of the book will go to Alzheimer's Research UK.More About Marianne Talbot