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Wellbody Events: Caregiving & Dementia

Upcoming free event: 2 p.m. Saturday, August 10

HelfgottWellbody Bookshelf welcomes three new titles and free public talks by authors who share heartfelt stories and advice about caring for loved ones with dementia. . .

An Unintended Journey: A Caregiver’s Guide to Dementia

Science writer and artist Janet Yagoda Shagam, a former family caregiver, shares research and years of experience caring for family members in her new book. A “splendid manual … combines the practicality of a how-to guide with the heartfelt story of caring for a parent suffering from senile dementia. [Janet] courageously transforms her painful journey into an enlightened guide and a primer on appreciating what you have while you have it.”Publishers Weekly.

Free author event: Saturday, August 10 at 2 p.m. at the Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Avenue (between Pike and Pine), Seattle. Co-presented with the ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION Western and Central Chapter.

Dear Alzheimer's: Why Did You Pick Our Sheltered Lives to Visit? A Caregiver's Diary and Poems 

Seattle Post-Intelligencer contributor and poet Esther Helfgott reflects on years caring for her husband, Abe Schweid, a community pathologist. 

“We must accept the truth that either our body or mind will outlive the other . . . . The cost for loving is suffering absence. Helfgott has exposed that painful reality with tenderness, honesty, and beauty.”- Richard Rapport, M.D. and author.

Free author event: Sunday, Sept 8 at 3 p.m. at the Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Avenue (between Pike and Pine), Seattle.

Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death

Science writer Katy Butler writes about being a long distance caregiver to her parents (one of whom has dementia), a story told within the larger political and historical context of end-of-life care. 

TWO free public talks and book signings on Tuesday Sept 17:

  •  1:30 pm - Horizon House, 900 University St., Seattle 
  • 7 p.m. – Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., Seattle

Book cover: Esther Helfgott

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