Who Are You, and What Have You Done with My Mother?: remembering a mother's remarkable life and descent into dementia
'Dementia is a bitch,' says author Pat Smith as she describes what dementia did to her mother. The story starts in 1911 at the beginning of Dorothy Young's life when she was young and full of promise and continues until 2001 when she was left with no memories, common sense or ability to care for herself. It is a poignant first-hand account in her daughter's words, telling how her mother handled life's ups and downs with courage and strength. This is a compelling story, both heart warming and gut wrenching, and is filled with compassion and love, anger and sadness, frustration and guilt. This must read for caregivers contains a section of reading and web site references on dementia.