Father's Rooms

by Helen Resneck-Sannes



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/19/2002

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 136
ISBN : 9781403389435

About the Book

Father’s Rooms is a sweet, humorous and painfully revealing memoir which chronicles a fifty-year-old daughter’s experiences of caring for her father with dementia. Helen arrives at her hometown in the Midwest to take her popular and respected father to California. She has received numerous phone calls and letters about his behavior. She wants to deny his diagnosis of Alzheimers, even as she arrives to rescue him. Her father is the family hero. His illness surfaces conflictual feelings among his children.

While admitting his diagnosis, he still tries to renew his driver’s license, hitch hikes around California, and appropriates the laundry room of his assisted living home.

Although a non-fiction memoir, Father’s Rooms has the dramatic elements of fiction. Place becomes a metaphor for her father’s internal world. As the disease progresses, the author must move her father to facilities, which provide more care and greater restrictions. His rooms mirror the interior landscape of his disease.

This book is a must read for adult children or partners of people suffering from Alzheimers. It combines the self-help guidance of The Thirty-Six Hour Day, and the philosophical sweetness of Tuesdays With Morrie, to tell a piercing story of love and loss that never hides in sentimentality or romanticzation.

About the Author

Helen Resneck-Sannes is a psychologist in private practice in Santa Cruz California. She also teaches and lectures nationally and internationally for the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis.

While know for her publications in psychology journals and books, she has also published short stories and poems. A chapter from Father’s Rooms is already available in an anthology of stories about Alzheimer’s called : Love is Ageless. Writing the memoir was healing not only for herself, but her family as well. She hopes it can help other who are trying to come to terms with this disease in themselves and the people they love.