Forgetiquette: What to do when someone you love beings to forget
Author: Joan Sauers
Publisher: Penguin/Random House Australia
Hardcover, sewn, black and white
Size: 13.2 x 19.2 cm
Having a loved one with memory loss is no laughing matter, but a little humour can help. With her sage advice and trademark irreverence, Joan Sauers helps to relieve the frustration of dealing with dementia sufferers while offering practical advice that will help you help them. Above all, she reminds you that, though it may feel like the loneliest job in the world, you are not alone.
All relationships are hard, but when someone you love has dementia, that relationship (and your sanity!) can be even harder to maintain. Over the years my once quick-witted father gradually lost his memory and the strain on his caregivers was excruciating. As he neared the end of his life, my wonderful father-in-law also started to lose touch with the here and now. Both have passed away, and I miss them every day. Although it wasn't easy, I did find ways to cope with the confusing, awkward and sometimes heartbreaking situations that arose when dementia struck, and I've tried to distil them in this book. Thankfully, there are simple things you can do to get through it with grace and dignity. So, cut yourself some slack and remember that common sense, humour and love will go a long way.
Joan Sauers is the author of fourteen books, including Mothers & Daughters, Ageing Disgracefully and Sex Lives of Australian Women. She is a screenwriter, consultant and lecturer in screenwriting in Australia, Europe and Morocco, and lives in Sydney.
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