Somebody Stole My Iron, a New Book from Praeclarus Press, Helps Families Cope With the Sadness, Frustration, and Stress Involved in Caring for a Loved One With Dementia

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Dementia can unleash a flood of emotions ranging from fear, sadness, frustration, guilt, and anger, which can be overwhelming for patients and family caregivers alike. A new book from Praeclarus Press, Somebody Stole My Iron, offers hope and practical suggestions for coping when a family member has dementia.

Somebody Stole My Iron, published by Praeclarus Press

Vicki Tapia, author Somebody Stole My Iron: A Family Memoir of Dementia

Dementia can be frightening for everyone involved. Somebody Stole My Iron offers practical support for caregivers and families coping with dementia.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, in 2012, 15.4 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care. Navigating the waters of dementia can be frightening, unleashing a myriad of emotions for everyone involved, precipitating anxiety and grief, anger and frustration, extreme sadness and feelings of hopelessness. After Vicki Tapia's mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, followed closely by her father with Parkinson’s disease-related dementia, Tapia struggled to find practical, helpful information. Somebody Stole My Iron, a new book published by Praeclarus Press, began as a diary to help her cope, but emerged as a road map for others.

Somebody Stole My Iron offers a glimpse into her family's life as they rode the waves of dementia, sometimes sailing, other times capsizing. This engaging memoir offers useful information from experts within the field of Alzheimer's research, personal lessons the author learned along the way, and ideas/tips for managing the day-to-day ups and downs of dementia.

It is a story of holding on and ultimately learning to let go, transcending the pain and turmoil to discover love and compassion. Above all, Somebody Stole My Iron chronicles the tenacity of Tapia’s mother as she fought her way through the tangled and bewildering labyrinth. The narrative offers hope to those whose lives have been intimately affected by dementia, letting them know that they are not alone.

Someone Stole My Iron is a fresh, new voice in a sea of voices, calling out to readers to take seriously the magnitude of this devastating disease. Continued and comprehensive research into prevention and cures for dementia is imperative as the baby-boomer generation ages. Books that bring this awareness to the forefront are important and essential reading for everyone.

Vicki Tapia, a breastfeeding educator for over 30 years, found her energies redirected towards the other end of life when both her parents were diagnosed with dementia. She recently retired from the pediatric clinic where she has worked since 1989 to focus on writing and other as-yet undiscovered adventures. The mother of three grown children, and four grandchildren, she lives with her husband and Mini-Schnauzer in south central Montana.

Praeclarus Press is a small press specializing in women's health, founded by health psychologist, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D. Praeclarus features books, e-books, webinars, white papers, and art, and publishes work on all aspects of women's health. It is based in Amarillo, Texas.

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