Tony Husband (Murdoch) 2014, 64pp, RRP $16.99
Take Care, Son – The Story of My Dad and His Dementia is a touching, relevant and easily accessible account of one family’s experience as their loved one slowly slips away from them.
In a conversational interview format, Tony Husband imagines a conversation with his dad as his dementia progresses. In words and pictures, he recounts the story of his dad’s journey with the disease, from the hobbies and activities he enjoyed after his wife passed away, his community commitment and contribution to the local war memorial, to his thoughts and feelings when doing the things he loved slowly became more and more difficult.
The author writes with empathy and compassion, and the book is a lovely memorial while also being informative for people who may have someone close suffering from the disease. Having very recently lost a family member to dementia, Take Care, Son – The Story of My Dad and His Dementia is an accurate and touching representation of the course of the disease, as well as highlighting some warning signs and what both victims and families may need to prepare for after diagnosis.
An audience of 12+ will find the book informative and relevant, while people who already have a loved one suffering with this disease will be able to easily relate to the content.
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