A light-hearted, heart-warming account of how one family faced Alzheimer's and how the almost comical events within the secure walls of the nursing home made them realise that humour was the only way through.
Michelle Wyatt's mum always joked with the family that if she ever developed Alzheimer's like her own mother-Michelle's grandmother-they should put her in a home and throw away the key. When she did ultimately succumb to the disease, the choice to put her in a nursing home became the only option. During the next six years, Michelle, a well-known television producer, visited her mum often while her dad kept a daily vigil in the nursing home.
Michelle says, 'Writing this book was incredibly cathartic - I typed, I laughed, I cried and I typed some more – always with the hope that others will read my story and appreciate that it's OK to see the lighter side of life despite the hard times. My hope is that 'Not Right In The Head" can shed some light on what it is like to care for a loved one with Alzheimer's and dementia - while giving readers a good belly laugh along the way. This book above all, is a memoir to my mother."
Not Right in the Head gives us an insight in how to cope compassionately, effectively and lastingly with a disease that affects almost 400,000 people in Australia alone.
Not Right in the Head
Allen & Unwin
Author: Michelle Wyatt