Recently I read Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle’s ‘ 10 000 Joys, 10 000 Sorrows : A Couple’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s’.
Her quote ‘enjoy the passing show’, meaning live fully in the present, reminds me of a recent cruise my parents took to Alaska. I thought of them sitting on their balcony, sipping cool drinks and watching the beautiful scenery. Her other quote is ‘death behind the door’ meaning, that you should be ready for death at any moment (as we are in life, so we are in death). So as a caregiver I often think: how much longer do I have with my parents? Maybe I should make the most of this moment together.
A lot is going on in the field of Alzheimer’s. Organizations like Alzheimer’s BC promote awareness with their annual ‘Walk for Memories’ every January. Alzheimer’s research is taking place in the new Djavad Mowafaghhian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia. You can visit a very user-friendly website on Alzheimer’s and related dementias at the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
I highly recommend this moving book, however, it can get quite intense at times. It is not light reading. It would be an excellent book, for example, to read in a book club. This would allow readers the opportunity to discuss passages they found particularly moving. As it happens, this book is available at the North Shore Community Resources Caregivers Library.
Stay tuned for a review of the book ‘Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No’ by Cloud and Townsend, also available at the Caregiver’s Library as of mid-August 2015.