Patti Davis Untangles Lessons Learned While Floating in Dementia's Deep End
Patti Davis is an actress, author, activist, advocate, and daughter of a United States president. She has written extensively about her father, Ronald Reagan, and his Alzheimer’s disease in both The Long Goodbye and now Floating in the Deep End. In 2011, she created a support group program for caregivers of people with dementia, called Beyond Alzheimer’s. Floating in the Deep End is an extension of that support group — a handbook for those on the perilous and sorrowful journey of losing a loved one to this mysterious disease. It is also part memoir, as many of the memories of her own dementia journey have taken on a different resonance with time and reflection. She hopes that caregivers and readers find guidance and comfort in this book.
In this episode we discuss both the challenges and comforts of living your Alzheimer’s journey in full view of the world, her approach to building caregiver support groups, and the lessons and gifts that can be found in dementia care.
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