Watch this space to win a free copy of Peter Maeck’s book. The giveaway starts September 12th, the same day Peter Maeck’s guest post appears here.)
As did Peter Maeck, I railed against dementia and viewed its ravages as a personal affront. Maeck lost his father to it. I lost my mother.
The raging changes nothing. This book might. I had already been wowed by Maeck’s moving TED talk before I learned he was turning it into a book. For the book he adds an introduction, more photographs, and some insights into his personal journey.
Neither the author nor his father slipped “gentle into that good night”. So there is humor and pathos, anger and bargaining, disbelief and reluctant acceptance in the journey they took together. All of that makes this book unlike any other about dementia. As more and more people live longer, and thus become more susceptible to dementia, we will need our artists, painters, dancers, poets, playwrights and musicians to hold lamps along the journey. Peter Maeck holds the lamp high, for others to follow.
Dementia is an unwelcome guest among my circle, as aging parents and friends watch the slipping-away with sadness edged with fear. We have been to the lectures, read the books, followed the research. We are doing what we can to stay healthy while scientists pursue the mystery. We need Peter Maeck’s poetry and photography to help us through our anger and confusion when loved ones start the dementia journey. We need his art and anger and love as we look in the mirror and wonder if we are next.
I read the Kindle version and was happy with that, but I will give the physical version as gifts.