Keeping Mum by Marianne Talbot, April 2011
When Marianne Talbot’s mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Marianne found it impossible to put her mum into a care home. Instead Marianne cared for her mum in her own home for five years, whilst chronicling her experiences in a blog for three of those years.
The blog has now been published into a book called ‘Keeping Mum’. Heartwarmingly funny, frank and at times emotionally tearing, this book is a record of what it is like to care for a beloved parent whose mind is fragmenting. It is written for anyone, anywhere, who has anything to do with dementia or with caring.
The book also includes some great tips on daily living, managing others’ finances and the social care system.
For more info please visit: http://www.keepingmum.org.uk/
Further information about dementia
There are 750,000 people in the UK with dementia. Two thirds of them are women. 12% of the adult population of the UK (1 in 8 workers) is a carer (58% of them female). Family carers of those with dementia save the state £6 billion a year. It is estimated that by 2025 over 1 million people will have dementia.
For more information dementia and helpful resources for carers of dementia, visit our help directory page on Alzheimers and Dementia.
The ‘Keeping Mum’ blog on the SAGA website is truly wonderful. As I read, I found myself moved to tears by the beautiful articulation and reflection evident in the author’s thoughts and feelings. One can really begin to ‘feel’ the emotional journey and empathise with Marianne and her mother as they daily face numerous challenges. Andy Richardson Lecturer – Faculty of Health Sciences University of Southampton