'The Dementia time Bomb' has come to describe the devastating potential of a disease that, so cruelly, does not shorten life but rather eats away at it.
Andrea Gillies made the decision to care for her mother-in-law, Nancy, an Alzheimer sufferer, full time. With her husband and three children, they moved to a large house on a remote peninsula in Northern Scotland - one large enough to house Nancy and her elderly husband Maurice. Keeper is the result of this time - a frank, moving and utterly gripping account of Alzheimer's and its impact on one family, and explores the trials and dilemmas faced by the carer, when patience and obligations are pushed to the limits . But more than this, Keeper becomes a meditation on the nature of consciousness and indeed the self, as Gillies grapples with an increasingly unknown and unknowable character.
Andrea Gillies has had a diverse career, encompassing writing publicity work, the editorship of the Good Beer Guide, travel and reference book editing, and writing a drinks column for Scotland on Sunday newspaper. She's spent most of the last 18 years raising children, and latterly, living in a mansion on a remote peninsula in Northern Scotland.
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