Monday, April 27, 2015

just a man and his mom.

After spending his adult life in Manhattan, author George Hodgman returns to his hometown of Paris, Missouri to care for his aging mother in his heartfelt and funny memoir titled, Bettyville. Betty is a stubborn old broad, never been easy to live with, but much worse now that her mind is deteriorating. That being said, George has no intention of ever putting her in a nursing home, and this memoir is about how difficult it is to change roles from child to caregiver to your parents, and seeing them through until the very end. Although the childhood references were a bit over my head as a 90's kid, many of you a few decades older than I am will appreciate them. This is a memoir (or an outlet) for anyone who has or is currently caring for an elderly parent with dementia or Alzheimer's.

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