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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Family Life
  • Language:English
  • Pages:268
  • eBook ISBN:9780982920107

A Jail of the Mind

A Story of Alzheimer's

by Bradley D Wilkinson

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Overview
Have you a loved one who is slowly deteriorating from the affects of Alzheimer’s? Have you ever wondered what goes on inside their head as they while away their final days seemingly in dazed incomprehension? Dottie Masterson is one such person. She is spending her sunset years in a nursing home. She can’t carry a conversation nor can she control her bladder. When she eats, she stuffs food in her mouth to the point of gagging, but she remembers. Boy, does she remember. This book is a series of memories from Dottie’s life. Some are funny; others are sad. Each in its own way is a poignant reflection of not only her life but of the mid-20th century in small town Midwest America. Written non-chronologically, the memories are spurred by events currently taking place around her-events she is largely unaware of but which stir vivid, bittersweet memories. An invitation is extended for all to experience Dottie’s story and to reflect for a moment on not only those suffering from debilitating disease but our own lives so we don’t make the same mistakes that she has made in hers.
Description
Have you a loved one who is slowly deteriorating from the affects of Alzheimer’s or some other mind wasting disease? Have you ever wondered what goes on inside their head as they while away their final days seemingly in dazed incomprehension? Dottie Masterson is one such person. Born in 1929 into a poor, dysfunctional family in Crawfordsville, Indiana, she is spending her sunset years serving a death sentence—condemned by Alzheimer’s Disease to live her final days locked inside her mind. She can no longer carry a conversation nor can she control her bladder. When she eats, she stuffs food in her mouth to the point of gagging, but inside her mind she remembers. Boy, does she remember. This book is a series of memories from Dottie’s life. Some are funny; others are sad. Some take place in actual historic events, and others highlight the daily grind of poverty, abuse and neglect. Each in its own way is a poignant reflection of not only Dottie’s life but of the mid-20th century in small town Midwest America. The memories loosly follow Dottie’s life as she is growing up, but they are brought on by events taking place in the nursing home around her--events she is largely unaware of but which stir vivid, bittersweet memories. An invitation is extended for all to experience Dottie’s story and to reflect for a moment on not only those suffering from debilitating disease but our own lives so we don’t make the same mistakes that Dottie made in hers.
About the author
Bradley Wilkinson was born in Lafayette, Indiana. After high school, he moved to Houston, Texas where after years of angst by his parents ultimately pursued his college education, taking many years to complete a series of degrees. Eventually, he made his way to Saudi Arabia, where he has lived and worked for the better part of 14 years. He is currently a senior public relations specialist with Saudi Aramco, the national oil company of Saudi Arabia. Prior to that, he worked at Central Michigan University after having returned from his first nonmilitary tour of duty in Saudi where he supervised the Design and Publications Unit at the Research Institute of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. Bradley has an M.A. in journalism from Ball State University and an M.S. in Education from Indiana University, and has been involved with corporate communications for more than 25 years. Years ago he was commissioned to design and write his first book, a history commemorating 40 years of operations by the Wayne Town Fire Department in Indianapolis, Indiana. His writings have been translated into Arabic, Japanese and Chinese.
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