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Keeping Mum : Caring for Someone with Dementia by Marianne Talbot

Keeping Mum : Caring for Someone with Dementia

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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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Keeping Mum : Caring for Someone with Dementia by Marianne Talbot

'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.


This book has all the warmth, humanity and insight that made her Saga blogs such a moving and unmissable read. -- Saga Magazine health editor In this extraordinarily moving diary, one woman tells how the experience of having to care for someone with dementia almost drove her mad, yet made her life richer. Daily Mail This heartwarming, incredibly honest account of dealing with dementia is one to read. The Sun From the moment I read Marianne's first blog, I knew we had something special. Each week I laughed and cried along with her thousands of fans and marvelled at her resilience and wisdom. -- Melody Rousseau, Online Editor Saga Magazine A deeply moving story of their laughter and their pain. Daily Mail The Blog 'Keeping Mum
on the SAGA website is truly wonderful. As I read, I found myself moved to tears by the beautiful articulation and reflection evident in the author

's thoughts and feelings. One can really begin to 'feel'
the emotional journey and empathise with Marianne and her mother as they face numerous daily challenges. There is currently a paucity of

'real - life stories'
in health literature surrounding issues of unpaid caring in the community. A book based on the Blog would make a highly valuable contribution to this topic and help raise awareness. A book would be especially beneficial to healthcare professionals and enabling them to better understand and appreciate the challenging situations encountered by many unpaid carers

. -- Andy Richardson Lecturer - Faculty of Health Sciences University of Southampton Valuable suggestions on how to cope with frustrating circumstances and is peppered with useful tips on dealing with a wide variety of situations from incontinence to living wills. Nursing Standard

About the Author

Marianne Talbot

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.

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25th March 2011


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Hay House UK Ltd


304 pages


Biography / Autobiography
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