Over Streams and Squirrel Woods
A daughter's honest and insightful account of her mother's slow slide into Dementia with lewi bodies and the mothers thoughts as her internal journey becomes her new reality - the clarity of which suggests that there is still power and creativity in the human mind.
'A valuable addition to the dementia literature, rewriting our expectation of what those with dementia can think.' John Suchet More
What is it like to watch a loved one deteriorate with the onset of dementia? How does it feel to know it is happening to you?
Alys records her experiences of her mothers slow descent into dementia with lewi bodies, her treatment and life in two nursing homes - provoking her to question what constitutes identity, self and the soul. In startling parallel is Catrin's stream of consciousness thoughts, the clarity of which suggests that there is still power and creativity in the human mind even when affected by plaques and tangles.
It challenges how we treat our elderly, corralling and containing them and how little we try to understand and communicate with those with dementia - which one third of us will suffer from before we die.
'Over Streams and Squirrel Woods' explores what can happen when reality becomes too painful and the disconnection between people when they see and hear differently from one another. It is about boundless love, guilt, frustration and the inexorable inevitability of aging.