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When the “Cared For” Becomes the “Caregiver”

Audrey King
presented at FICCDAT Conference, Toronto, Canada, June 2011

I found my mother's diary recently – the one she kept during the 1950s when we were an Army family living in England. She’ll be 100 in 8 weeks. She lives with me, deaf, unable to walk & rapidly losing weight. She has dementia which roller coasters between inconsolable agitation and sleeping for days. During her lucid moments, she’s sweet – fascinatingly childlike – and still capable of the reciprocal love for everybody she has always had.

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