Alf and Iris have had a long and happy marriage, full of love, laughs, children, and grandchildren. When Iris' behaviour begins to change, they notice but do not attach too much importance to it. It is something they can get help with from the doctor, and then return to normal. Unfortunately, though, this is the start of something serious and unavoidable. Iris is deteriorating mentally. Alf is convinced it can be sorted out, at least at first. If not, then it is his job to look after his wife. It's a family matter, and as much as medicine may or may not be able to help, it will be the family who will provide the anchor to reality that Iris needs as the world becomes a stranger and stranger place. Are miracles possible? Or is it the memory of what has gone before which is the real miracle?
A retired psychiatric nurse, 67 years old, Gillian Rutter has been in nursing for over 25 years. Her most interesting nursing career was dealing with friends and family who were devastated when their mother or father had dementia; as she worked closer with the clients/patients she made a startling discovery; that people with dementia appear to always know their near relatives; their behaviour changes as soon they visit. As she talked to husbands, daughters, and sons it gave her a clear picture of the person's life, which she portrays in this book.
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