Penny Rose Haddon joins Denise to share how she went from blogging about caring for her mom to publishing a book, An Insurance Policy for the Big One: My Mom, Her Mind and Me, about her experiences.
About An Insurance Policy for the Big One: My Mom, Her Mind and Me
"We went to parks, volunteered at a pet store, shopped, took walks," writes Penny Rose Haddon about the summer after her mom's diagnosis with dementia. "Once in a while, she would nonchalantly peer around the front seat of the car and say to me, 'And are your parents still alive?' She still carried a purse, wallet, and checkbook, wore her diamond and ruby rings, sported gold chains. The veneer was cracking but it was manageable."
In her book, Penny writes about what happened after that summer: Distrust, anger and resistance. Penny shares the story of caring for her mom using song lyrics and pop culture references to make sense of her mom's descent into dementia. Through Penny's writing, we see what day after day is like with dementia while witnessing the resilience of two women determined to make the best of it.
You can download Penny's Kindle book, An Insurance Policy for the Big One: My Mom, Her Mind and Me, for free beginning on May 15, 2017, and ending on May 19, 2017.