ALL NEW EDITION of my book about my father, Alzheimer's, and me:
REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PRESENT
Making Peace With Dementia
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REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PRESENT – Making Peace With Dementia is my extended dramatic poem, illustrated with my own photographs, celebrating my father's brave, good-humored struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. My feelings of grief and helplessness ultimately lift with the discovery that as my father's short-term memory erodes, his longer-term memory is sparked by pictures, poems, and music. He and I accept dementia's cognitive restrictions as simply new parameters for intellectual and emotional interactions, in the way that the restrictions of poetic rhyme and meter do not stifle creative expression, but catalyze it. In this way, Dad and I move from a prose relationship into one of poetry, which is no better or worse, just different – less literal and more metaphorical – where we engage more in rhyme than in reason, freezing time initially but then melting it and coming together in that lyrical middle realm between what has gone before and what is yet to be. This is a book of verse and images to comfort, console, and inspire persons with Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia, their loved ones, caregivers, clinicians, researchers, and all whose lives dementia touches.
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