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Dwindling: A Daughter’s Caregiving Journey to the Edge of Life
October 16, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Monday, October 16, 2017 at 1:30pm
Reading Room at Bryan Prince Bookseller
1060 King Street West, Hamilton
Free author talk, everyone welcome
*This talk is presented in partnership with the 100% Certainty Project: Death Something to Talk About, A Community Reading Program.
Janet Dunnett, BC author of the book The Dwindling will be in town to discuss her memoir, The Dwindling, about caring for aging parents with long-term palliative needs.
The Dwindling: The millennium dawns. Twin baby boomers anticipate freedom following kids and careers. But there’s a hitch. Mom and Dad are frail and fading fast. So Judi and Janet become caregivers, and journey with Betty and Fred to the ends of their lives. Over a decade, the twins reluctantly accept that old age has no cure. As they strive for quality through every stage of dwindling, they sharpen their skills and hone new inner strengths. Both daughters and parents discover their deep connection and tenderness in the slow dance of caring and being cared for.
Flashbacks enrich this impassioned story. The twins learn to recognize both excellence and imperfections in doctors’ offices, emergency wards, dementia lockups, assisted living and long-term-care settings, and hospices. They come to appreciate the challenges all health systems are facing as they work to deliver high-calibre care at the edge of life. Some readers might ponder, “What will happen when the boomer generation begins to dwindle?”
Lyrical and full of humour and insight, this memoir is a fast-paced, eyes-wide-open and hope-filled narrative for our time.
Can’t make the event in person? Call or email us to pre-order a copy of The Dwindling and we’ll get it signed for you.