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Holding on to Mamie My Mother, Dementia and Me by Elizabeth Murray

With growing numbers the White Hair generation seems to be on course for something that most people that age won't like to talk about. Almost 40 per cent of people over the age of 65 will experience some form of memory loss. When there is no underlying medical condition causing this memory loss, it is known as "age-associated memory impairment," which is considered a part of the normal aging process.

Brain diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are different. Age-associated memory impairment and dementia can be told apart in a number of ways. With normal aging many people experience difficulty remembering details of a conversation or events that took place in the past, or not being able to remember the name of an acquaintance, forgetting things and the occasional event, or having difficulty finding words during a conversation.

With dementia many people experience difficulty recalling details of recent events or conversations, not recognizing or knowing the names of family members, forgetting things or events more frequently, and frequent pauses and substitutions when finding words during conversations. Behaviour of loved ones can change over time so drastically that safety concerns to deal with the increasing anger and paranoia must be developed.

Dementia is a subject that doesn't get told very often from a real life experience. Elizabeth Murray author of Holding on to Mamie: My Mother, Dementia and Me shares her story of a mother's battle with dementia and a daughter who struggles to recognize and understand the symptoms of the disease and to finally cope with the many ongoing challenges of caring for a loved one.

Sharing her experience may also help others understand the confusion, guilt, and even shame that may arise when they are confronted with their own battle against dementia. Hopefully sharing stories will also help to normalize the disease and reduce the stigma that still exists for many people who are afflicted with the disease.

After reading Holding on to Mamie: My Mother, Dementia and Me by Elizabeth Murray I felt that the author did an amazing job of bringing out the struggle, challenges, and effects to family and friends that dementia can have. I can only feel sad for the pain that this disease has caused, and respect to the woman that had the courage and determination to tell her story. Thank You Elizabeth Murray!

Elizabeth Murray will be exhibiting Holding on to Mamie: My Mother, Dementia and Me on Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at the 50+ Living and Learning Expo in St. Thomas and she will also be speaking on Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at 2:00 at the Kaleidoscope Cottage, 204 Balaclava Street, St. Thomas, ON, an innovative respite centre for dementia care.

The book is available to purchase online atholdingontomamie.ca

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