Dot and her daughters are contributors to my upcoming book, Love Still Lives Here.
I was blessed to meet with Dot and her 3 lovely daughters, Donna, Delaney and Delinda. What beautiful stories they had to tell about growing up and growing older with their mother. We chat. We took pictures. We laughed. We laughed a lot.
I look for themes in the stories of families caring for their loved with dementia. Dot's family had so much to share and as always, I learned a lot about life. Dot has done relatively well with her dementia and her daughter's recognized that there could be personality changes that are sometimes for the worse. They feel very fortunate that Dot has, in fact, become more pleasant as her dementia has progressed. Sundowning is a problem, but all has been manageable and they feel their mother is content. What a gift!
This has given them hope believing that perhaps aging isn't as scary as it might have been had they not witnessed their mother's graceful walk into old age. Dot is 85, thought she certainly looks younger!
These ladies have love and joy and laughter. An afternoon with them was pure joy. Don't you see it in their faces?
The expected publication date for my book, Love Still Lives Here is September 2016. You will learn more about this admirable family and walk away with a sense of awe. Their stories ARE about HOPE, LOVE and BEING BETTER EVERY DAY! Be sure and 'like' my Facebook page (Carmen Buck Photography), follow me on Instagram @CarmenBuckPhoto and Twitter @CBuckPhoto
I am so thrilled to tell you more about Dot. You know this blog post is just a super short version, right? Her daughters shared beautiful stories about Dot before she had dementia, once she was diagnosed and now. The love and humor are so evident in the images, but you know I can't show those until the book is out! Love Still Lives Here will be published by November, 2016. At it's core, Love Still Lives Here is a book about the love in families and people with dementia. After years of being in reverence of families caring for loved ones with dementia, I realized these stories of LOVE and DEVOTION need to be shared with the world. These are the stories so rarely heard. Love Still Lives Here is about the many expressions of love and will certainly entertain, inspire and open your heart.
Elder Remembrance Photography
In my 37+ year nursing career, I often cared for elders who had no recent photos. It wasn't unusual to see people in their 80s whose most recent photos were from their 40s and 50s. When did our later years become a time not worthy of being memorialized? Sure, elders aren't smoothed skinned anymore, but there is still that light, that smile, that expression that is so uniquely them. Elder remembrance photography is about honoring our later years, and recognizing the beauty that is still there. It's about seeing the love that families have for one another-even within the mundane everyday stuff. It's my mission to bring Elder Remembrance Photography to life! Watch for E-Books with simple tips about how to take great photos. Add some stories about your loved one and you've got magic! Sign up to get updates!