Dealing with Dementia

Dealing with Dementia

Our Vanishing Mother

by Kent Courtney With Linda Callahan


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Life Lessons, and a Legacy of Love

The Courtney kids grew up knowing that their mother could do anything. After all, she’d proven it time and again. Growing up as a Missouri farm girl, she worked as a Rosie Riveter during World War II. She left Missouri for California, where she had four kids with her second husband, taking on the daunting task of raising them in forest camps while her husband worked for the forest service. After their divorce, she became a single mom with four children, working two jobs to pay the bills, and making sure they all graduated from high school. After her kids left home, she managed her own business. Nothing ever stopped her; there was no hurdle too high for her to jump, no problem too big for her to solve. But then dementia changed who she was, and her two younger children, Kent and Linda, watched their self-reliant, compassionate mother turn into a confused, and often bitter person. Dealing with Dementia is a tribute to an extraordinary woman, and a deeply personal glimpse into the world of dementia caregiving. Kent and Linda give loving, practical advice for caregivers, based on what they’ve learned from their experiences. Dealing with Dementia is a beautiful love letter to an unforgettable mother, and a comforting resource for families and caregivers of dementia patients.

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Format: 5 x 8 Black & White Paperback, 87 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 15, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478760141
ISBN13: 9781478760146

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Kent Courtney With Linda CallahanKent Courtney has been a paramedic and a hospital educator for over 25 years. He has also worked in firefighting, technical rescue, and paramedicine in the mining industry, as well as having owned a training company. Kent normally writes historical fiction, but his mother’s rapid decline from dementia compelled him to write this book in honor of her, and to reach out to other families in a similar situation. This book is co-authored by Kent’s sister, Linda Callahan, who works for an optometrist. Kent and Linda both live in the Verde Valley of Arizona.
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