Where Memories Go

Where Memories Go

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Scottish broadcaster and author Sally Magnusson cared with her two sisters for their mother Mamie during many years of living with dementia. Sad and funny, wise and honest, this deeply intimate account of insidious losses and unexpected joys is also a call to arms that challenges us all to think differently. This book began as an attempt to hold on to my witty, storytelling mother with the one thing I had to hand. Words. Then, as the enormity of the social crisis my family was part of began to dawn, I wrote with the thought that other forgotten lives might be nudged into the light along with hers.

Dementia is one of the greatest social, medical, economic, scientific, philosophical and moral challenges of our times. I am a reporter. It became the biggest story of my life. - Sally Magnusson Regarded as one of the finest journalists of her generation, Mamie Baird Magnusson's whole life was a celebration of words - words that she fought to retain in the grip of a disease which is fast becoming the scourge of the 21st century. Married to writer and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson, they had five children of whom Sally is the eldest.

As well as chronicling the anguish, the frustrations and the unexpected laughs and joys that she and her sisters experienced while accompanying their beloved mother on the long dementia road for eight years until her death in 2012, Sally Magnusson seeks understanding from a range of experts and asks penetrating questions about how we treat older people, how we can face one of the greatest social, medical, economic and moral challenges of our times, and what it means to be human. An extraordinary and deeply personal memoir, a manifesto and a call to arms, in one searingly beautiful narrative.

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Author Sally Magnusson
Publishing Date 15-Jan
Publishing House Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Binding Paperback

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  • Mr. James Ashwell, Founder of Unforgettable
    A thoughtful, emotional story which could provide comfort to many

    Mr. James Ashwell, Founder of Unforgettable

    I know from my own experience, and from the people who write to me at Unforgettable, that reading stories about other people's experiences of dementia, can be valuable. Not only do they reassure you that you aren’t alone, they can allow you to release emotion too and, empathise with others. This beautifully written story also asks many pertinent questions about dementia and our attitudes towards it, offering comfort and a fresh perspective on the condition.

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