Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry, is a true story written by Rachel Hadas. In it, Hadas gives the account of her journey after her husband is diagnosed with early onset dementia at only 61 years old. Following his diagnosis, Rachel's husband, George, begins to disappear before her eyes. Though he is there physically, she loses him in every other way day by day. Strange Relation gives readers a window into the time when George lived at home with Rachel caring for him and all the trials they encountered along the way.
It ends when he is moved to a dementia care facility, with Rachel now living alone and the new challenges that come her way. Reviewers repeatedly describe this heartbreaking story as deeply moving and insist that it is a must read for caregivers and loved ones of those with dementia
For those who have had their lives touched in some way by dementia, whether through a friend, family member or acquaintance, Rachel's story provides insight and will help them feel that they are not alone. Her wisdom and gifted storytelling help those who have not experienced this difficult road begin to understand what it is like for others who have been there. While incredibly sad, this book will help bring awareness to this common and devastating disease.
Dementia is a challenging and life changing condition. Not only for the person receiving the diagnosis, but for their caregivers as well. As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact a Caring Senior Service team member today!