I read the British version. This is a memoir about caretaking a mother-in-law with dementia and her father-in-law suffering heart and mobility issues. Britain's social work support system seemed so much less than warranted, even inhumane, e.g., initiated support was often cancelled at the last moment; there seemed little support or intention to psychological support the caretaker and her family. The author's experience suggests that until she wobbled on the edge of a nervous breakdown, did the System provide respite over Christmas holidays. Instead of resting, the caretaker invited 200 friends and neighbors to a party! Perhaps my shock is due to cultural differences. Whether or not the hostess engaged help, wasn't stated. That said, Keeper: Living With Nancy, is extremely well-written and appropriately won many awards and literary citations, including publication in four additional countries.. Dementia info is presented with examples of how changes in the work of famous artists reflected their ailment; this made receiving such sad info easier to take in and remember. Frankie Schelly, Author of Chance Place.
I found this book to be informative, sad, funny at times, and hauntingly familiar......as my mother has Alzheimer's........and I struggled with some of the same crazy happenings. I have read many other books about dementia.....but this one weaves the facts into the book in such a way that I wasn't bored by them...but learned a lot..........I would recommend this book HIGHLY.......and I do.....to not only caregivers of dementia patients......but to anyone who wants to learn more, or just be taken away and live Andreas life.......and say...WOW.....could I do that?
The perfect voice for this narrative: very honest, (mostly) likeable and very precise in her descriptions. If you have any interest in the effects of dementia on both victims and carers you must read this book.