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Reviewed by Gobi Jane for Readers' Favorite
Dealing with Dementia, Revised: Our Vanishing Mother by Kent Courtney is a gripping memoir that follows the journey of a courageous woman through dementia. Meet Lovene, a strong woman who grew up in Missouri on a farm and who left for California and ended up in Arizona where she settled and raised four kids with her second husband. She raised her children in forest camps while her husband worked in the Forest Service. Even after her divorce, she continued to be an inspiring figure to her children, running her own business, and being a problem solver. Then everything changes when dementia sets in, and her children watch as she struggles.
A story that brought tears to my eyes as I started reading, even from the first page. When we encounter Lovene, she is anxious, getting out of bed in the middle of the night, unsure if she closed the door or not, only to find out that she didn’t close it. I was gripped and wanted to find out what happens in her journey. The story of dementia is told in a voice that is both endearing and compassionate and prose that is beautiful. While it shares the story of a woman suffering from dementia, it is also one of hope, exploring the deep connection this woman has with her children. They share powerful insights on the strength of love and family and show readers that life gets a new meaning when tragedy transforms it and invites us to offer loving service. Caregivers will find wonderful advice in this book and encouragement on their journey with patients with dementia. Dealing with Dementia, Revised: Our Vanishing Mother is poignant and beautiful, filled with love and humanity.