And this is called love...Dementia: When it Becomes an Intruder by Violet Squires Ruelokke Foreword by Dr. Brian Furlong
ISBN 0-9733192-1-6 Paperback, lamobonded, 5 ½ x 8 ½, 99pp.
This is a book of "courage, endurance and love." It is the story of Violet and Bob Ruelokke who were forced to redirect their lives to face a frightening reality, dementia. What challenges arise when one is confronted by the fact that a loved one is "there yet not there?* What important questions have to be answered, how does one cope? How Violet and Bob coped is set out here in a series of beautifully written passages meant to inform and inspire us.
* Quotes in this paragraph from are by Christine Way, Ph.D., Memorial University.
"I have one reason for writing this book," says the author, "to share my experience of being a care giver to my late husband bob in hope it will help others who may face a similar challenge."
What other are saying:
"...very well-written and beautifully set out...a valuable contribution to care giver literature and a wonderful celebration of lives lived and shared."
Dr. Howard Strong
"...bring tears to your eyes and compassion to your heart...a journey of unconditional love..a must read for nursing students."
Joan Rowsell, Director Centre for Nursing Studies, St. John's
"[Violet] reminds us that we are never alone, for a strong faith and supportive others are always there to us." Christine Way, Ph.D., Memorial University.
Violet Squires Ruelokke is registered nurse and has extensive experience provincially, nationally and internationally. She has been the recipient of many awards including the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Medal and is an Honourary Member of the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Her interest in writing began during a long bout with tuberculosis while a teenager. Since that time she has been a committed journal keeper. This book is a result of such recording.
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