ALL GONE:A Memoir of My Mother’s Dementia, with Refreshments

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ALEX WITCHEL

AKA: Life with Mother

Looking back Witchel can see that there was much foreshadowing of her mother’s dementiaAll Gone showcases a daughter’s unconditional love towards a mother who has forever been placed on a pedestal. Looking back Witchel can see that there was much foreshadowing of her mother’s dementia. Forgotten names, unusual anger. Her mother had been a professor of psychology.

When she was almost 70, this lifelong smoker and Type 2 diabetic started showing signs of mental slippage. Witchel, as the only child without young children (her two stepsons were grown), stepped in. CT scans showed evidence of strokes, the scar tissue from which was contributing to depression and “emotional incontinence.” For years after her mother’s diagnosis of stroke-related dementia, Witchel is a barely contained “muddle of anguish, anger, and self-pity.” She also writes about the comfort she’s found in her mother’s tried-and-true menu staples, and then includes these recipes in her book.  “Housewifery in the age of Betty Crocker.” Comfort food.

An interesting memoir especially for children of aging parents.

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