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Do I Know You: Living Through the End of a Parent's Life

Bette Ann Moskowitz

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ISBN 10: 1568362102 / ISBN 13: 9781568362106
Published by Kodansha America, 1998
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Title: Do I Know You: Living Through the End of a ...

Publisher: Kodansha America

Publication Date: 1998

Book Condition:Good

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"Do I Know You?" is a clear-eyed account of one woman's neurological slide into advanced senility. Sorting through the telltale signs of Mary Solomon's evolving senescence - stale crackers in an otherwise empty refrigerator, once immaculate floors turned sticky, unpaid bills, forgetfulness, withdrawal - Bette Moskowitz has created an unforgettable portrait of an ordinary woman at the end of her life. That Mary Solomon is her mother makes the story all the more unsettling and powerful. Moskowitz has voiced that every one of us will one day have to ask. When do you become the parent to your own parent? How do you balance the desire to protect the dignity and independence of the elderly with the desire that they be safe? How would you want to grow old? While this journey will be different for everyone, the candor and humanity of "Do I Know You?" provides reassurance and guidance where there has been little, and a sense of grace and hope where there has been none at all.

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Moskowitz and her sister, Norma, suspect that their 87-year-old mother is steadily becoming less able to take care of herself. Beyond her increasing forgetfulness, her once-spotless apartment needs a good cleaning and she is not eating. Moskowitz and Norma hope it's a passing phase, a mental fog that will lift. But doctors confirm the worst: their mother is in the early stages of senile dementia. As her confusion increases, their mother becomes contentious, even hostile. After much anguish, the sisters put Mom in the last place she wants to be, a nursing home. Their guilt is substantial, but their choices are limited by their mother's quickly deteriorating condition. Through it all, though, their mother is able to keep her dignity, much to Moskowitz's relief. A touching and honest look at one woman's psychological decline and the pain that decline causes her children. Brian McCombie

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