“Marilyn Reynolds shares from her personal experiences, offering an account that is honest, raw, and authentic about the struggles and challenges of coping with a loved one’s dementia. She also provides practical takeaways from her journey, which will be invaluable to other families on a similar path with fronto-temporal dementia (FTD). A wonderful role model to other caregivers, she provides a strong example of the importance of reaching out for help.” — Carol Kinsel, Senior Care Solutions
“‘Til Death or Dementia is a love story above all else, a wonderful account of the relationship that Marilyn Reynolds celebrated with her husband, Mike. It is beautiful to read and an example of what I hope for all my patients’ families—a deep reflection on memories representing all that was wonderful before the diagnosis of dementia. These memories can bring joy amid the struggle with the realities of the disease. In a most courageous way, Marilyn shares her feelings, doubts, fears and regrets as she recalls Mike’s personality and cognitive changes, both before and after his dementia diagnosis. Her words convey the emotional roller coaster in a way that the reader can feel every turn, loop, climb and free fall. Her remarkable ability to share serves as a road map for all those who care for someone with dementia, as I have witnessed among hundreds of families.
I would hope that everyone would read this story, not just those who find themselves caring for someone with dementia. This beautiful book reminds us that life is finite and worth living to the fullest.” –Christopher Lillis, MD, FACP, Medical Director for Primary Care Transformation, UC Davis Health
Originally published in 2019 by River Rock Books