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Adventures in Mothering Mother

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A fresh, funny new voice, Meg Federico showcases her keen eye for the absurd in this poignant, hilarious, and timely account of one daughter's tumultuous journey caring for her aging parents. When Meg Federico's eighty-year-old mother and newly minted step-father were forced to accept full-time home care, she imagined them settling into a Norman-Rockwellian life of docile dependency. With a family of her own and a full time career in Nova Scotia - a thousand miles away from her parents - Federico hoped they would be able to take care of themselves for the most part, and call on their children when they really needed them - but of course that's not quite what happens. As she watches with horror from the sidelines, Federico's parents turn into terrible teens. Fighting off onslaughts of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, Addie and Walter, forbidden by doctors to drink, conspire to order cases of scotch by phone; Addie's attendant accuses the evening staff of midnight voodoo; Walter's inhibitions decline as dementia increases and mail-order sex aides arrive at the front door. The list of absurdities goes on and on as Federico tries to take some control over her parents' lives - and her own. This is a story for the huge generation - nearly 76 million people - now dealing with the care of their parents. You'll laugh and cry as you read this powerful and important debut.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780385666848
Branch Call Number: 649.808460971 FRE
Characteristics: 191 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Adventures in mothering mother

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WVMLStaffPicks Oct 11, 2014

A very funny book about the serious issues concerning aging parents and making sure they have the care they need. Meg travels from Nova Scotia to care for her ailing mother and stepfather. Between care-givers, step children, siblings, parents’ falls and dementia there is always some crisis on the horizon. After the laughing, there is a lot to think about with the care of the aging and how the elderly are treated in our society.

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Oct 09, 2011

Very funny, very real stories about the crazy life of caregiving and dementia. It also allows the reader to have an inside scoop on some of the things a person doesn't normally have an opportunity to talk about or consider, i.e. why allowing hospice into the picture is a good idea.

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