This candid, intimate, and self-reflective account brings to life the relationship between a father and daughter as they journey through the murky haze of dementia. The story vividly describes for families and caregivers the everyday challenges and stresses they may encounter. It provides practical strategies and personal interventions that open pathways to joyful, rewarding experiences and discoveries that preserve dignity and enhance the patient's and caregiver's quality of life.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, and a retired kindergarten teacher, Susan Garbett developed a better understanding of dementia/Alzheimer's disease after witnessing her father's cognitive decline. She began to seek practical solutions to help her dad. Eager to work with ageing adults and share her approaches, Susan developed activities and programs for her father and the other residents at Copper Ridge, an assisted-living facility in Sykesville, Maryland, for patients with all types of memory impairments. She is a volunteer support group facilitator for the Alzheimer's Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.