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Nancy's Notes - August 23, 2012

“Dementia The Journey Ahead” by Susan Kiser Scarff & Ann Kiser Zultner, “The Great Betrayal” by Pamela Oldfield, “The Dawn of a Dream” by Ann Shorey.
Nancy’s Notes

    The number of dementia sufferers is steadily increasing. We have purchased “Dementia The Journey Ahead”, which is a guide for in-home caregivers. Experts predict that the number of those suffering from dementia doubles every twenty years. In 2011 the Alzheimer’s Association estimated that up to 15 million unpaid caregivers live in the United States. The book records the experiences of Susan Kiser Scarff. She was the caregiver for her husband. After one year she suffered caregiver burnout. The book is filled with practical advice for the different stages of the disease.
    If you’re looking for something a little lighter, “The Great Betrayal” may fill the bill. It begins in 1904, London. Lydia Daye loves her husband, John, but his government job means he is away for much of the time. Her small son is her greatest source of joy, and her husband’s salary allows them to live comfortably. John didn’t object to her moving to her old family home to care for her widowed father. Dolly Ellerway lives two miles away but in a completely different world. Six months pregnant, she is excited when the father of her child says he’ll marry her. It seems unlikely that the two will ever meet, but one day Lydia sends a letter to her husband, a letter that will change both women’s lives forever.
    Inspirational fiction lovers will enjoy, “The Dawn of a Dream” by Ann Shorey. Luellen O’Connell is stunned when her husband of just one month tells her he is leaving. Wounded by betrayal, she decides to follow her dream to become a teacher, the dream she set aside when she married. Can she hide her past or will it destroy her ambitions? 
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