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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Plateau Books (January 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981479502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981479507
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,588,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Swimming Solo is a fascinating personal story, painstakingly told, with no unflattering or awkward details spared in the interest of wholeness--and that is its triumph.

Reading this book was not a "downer" (though this saga of elder-care has its excruciating moments). Rather, this is a lovingly recounted, intertwined story of the decline of four beloved elderly parents. Each chapter draws from the deep background of their actual lives, in order to communicate best the drama of irredeemable loss, as each is abruptly or slowly ravaged by mental and physical disabilities.

Susan Rava has a gift for relating carefully chosen details that illumine rather than clutter the flowing narrative, with insights along the way that will not be forgotten.

At the end, the reader feels as though--if you didn't actually know these people, you wish you had.

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This is a beautifully written memoir. Recommended for anyone caring for a family member, or simply anyone who wants to be reminded of the power of living life with compassion, humor, tenacity and a resolute commitment to the ties that bind.
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The author has experienced Alzheimer's with both her parents and in-laws. Her personal account is very helpful to anyone saddled with this devastating problem.
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This beautifully written and moving book is indispensable reading for families facing Alzheimer's Disease. Susan Rava is a gifted writer with an important story to tell.
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My wife's review: Alzheimer's is not a subject that interests me - none of my relatives or my husband's suffered from it. I have avoided the subject like the plague, until a friend recommended it. `Swimming Solo' soon reeled me in. I expected a depressing and heavy read. Instead, I found it compelling and at times very affecting. This family memoir covers the lives and the backgrounds of the author's and her husband's parents and how she and her husband coped with the disease as it took over. I ended up actually caring about what happens to the parents and how their offspring manage the parents' reduced lives.
Susan Rava's descriptions and stories are entertaining, and the relationships are vividly depicted, particularly Susan's relationship with her father. As we draw near to the end of his life, it's hard to avoid a tear or two. Although the narrative is at times harrowing, it is never mawkish.
There are moments of much humour to enjoy such as the wonderful incident with Reba, Susan's mother's nursing home helper who refused to put up with her cat, the story of Susan's husband's trip to Italy to accompany his father's coffin for the funeral in Venice, etc.

This book is packed with information you pick up unwittingly - you are given the author's route-map on what to do as the disease strikes (such as the need for care plans, meetings, scripts), so I can see `Swimming Solo' as a teaching tool, with the practical help list of resources in the last sections: Organisations and Books and the `Discussion Guide'. Swimming Solo
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Susan Rava brings to light the trials a family member faces with end of life care. this book is a tool to use before wading into waters that are sometimes deep and uncertain. thank you Susan for your time and effort in helping others to find stable ground while caring for Alzheimer's patients ! Eric Alexander
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A highly readable story of a family's wrenching trek through the rocky pathways of caregiving. Thankfully, with a 96 year-old parent living in our home, I happened upon this realistic, poetic, delightful and educational look into the questions, answers and unknowns of our future. This is not a "how-to", but paradoxically, provides through story an amazing level of insight for anyone facing a caregiving conundrum. Not only for Alzheimer's caregivers, but for anyone with an elderly parent, or for any professional who cares for elderly, this is a book not to be missed. Highly recommended!
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