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Arthur Pavin has a problem. Academically bright, a graduate of Cambridge, nothing can prepare him, or more especially his wife, Grace, from the onset of dementia.
In an absorbing and powerful book, Daryl Oliver White traces in Steel Wool, the decline of Arthur through the eyes and emotions of his care-wife, Grace. Forgetting to eat, stowing crockery in the oven, minor bouts of violence, the loss of hygiene and wandering in the streets, all too much for an elderly lady to cope with and yet the two of them had made the pact we all make, to look after each other until the very end.
Daryl White covers guilt and regret in Steel Wool and gives us insights into the condition of Alzheimer's, when is the right time to admit we can no longer cope, and how do we make the decision to relinquish care to others? A must read for anyone touched by this uncompromising disease.