Monday, October 30, 2017
Remembrance of Things Present: Making Peace With Dementia by Peter Maeck
from Goodreads.com: Caring for an aging father diagnosed with Alzheimer's exposes a multitude of experiences and feelings. Writer and photographer Peter Maeck approached this extremely difficult time of life with extraordinary mindfulness and compassion. Using the language of his craft, Maeck observed that he and his father "moved from a prose relationship into one of poetry . . . less literal and more metaphorical . . . engaging more in rhyme than in reason." Remembrance of Things Present is an important book for our time as dementia nears epidemic proportions; it is wisdom gleaned from facing one of life's most horrific afflictions with word, image, and love.
My Take: My father died two years ago from Alzheimer's. As I live two states away I didn't get to spend much time with him during his last years but was able to be with him the last two weeks of his life. I wanted to read this book for that exact purpose. I wanted to see how another person went through this time. My mother was the primary care giver to my father and she had said her goodbye's long before he was anywhere near his death. I on the other hand was sad when he wouldn't remember me and happy that I was able to hold his hand as he past on. This book held some similarties to my experience and some differences but I liked the way the author expressed himself through poetry and pictures.
I received a review copy of this book from Virtual Author Book tours in exchange for my honest review.