Somebody Stole My Iron: A Family Memoir of Dementia

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Navigating the waters of dementia can be frightening, unleashing a myriad of emotions for everyone involved. After Vicki Tapia’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, followed closely by her father with Parkinson’s disease-related dementia, she struggled to find practical, helpful information to light her way. Somebody Stole My Iron began as a diary to help her cope, but emerged as a road map for others. It 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 and tips for managing the day-to-day ups and downs of dementia.

“Vicki Tapia’s diary of the decline of her parents’ lives due to Alzheimer’s is a harrowing account of the gradual disintegration and ending of two lives in advanced age. It is also a daughter’s loving memoir, a painstaking tale of the progression of dementia, with its sad, funny, mysterious, baffling, infuriating and frustrating series of incidents. At the end of each chapter Tapia summarizes what she has learned from her experience and how, with hindsight, it could have been improved, providing an excellent practical guide for the reader. This book is both a spellbinding modern tale and an invaluable resource.”

-Valerie Hemingway, author, Running With the Bulls, My Life With the Hemingways


Somebody Stole My Iron

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Concerns over my family’s long history of Alzheimer’s disease drew me to Vicki Tapia’s memoir Somebody Stole My Iron. As I peer into the future, the potential battle with this brutal thief is one of my greatest fears because of the way it robs what I treasure most–health, relationship, and memories. I wanted to learn all I could about this potential adversary. As a nurse, I have studied the medical side but was interested in the human and emotional aspects of this battle. I found what I was looking for in this eye-opening book. – Cinda Brooks for Story Circle Book Reviews

From the Inside Flap

Vicki Tapia’s odyssey about caring for both parents with dementia is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. One marvels at her ability to navigate through troubled waters, too often stirred up by well meaning yet misguided professionals. Her litany of lessons will help guide any family caregiver who may be in the same boat. – Daniel Kuhn, author Alzheimer’s Early Stages: First Steps for Family, Friends and Caregivers  

“Vicki Tapia’s diary of the decline of her parents’ lives due to Alzheimer’s is a harrowing account of the gradual disintegration and ending of two lives in advanced age. It is also a daughter’s loving memoir, a painstaking tale of the progression of dementia, with its sad, funny, mysterious, baffling, infuriating and frustrating series of incidents. At the end of each chapter Tapia summarizes what she has learned from her experience and how, with hindsight, it could have been improved, providing an excellent practical guide for the reader. This book is both a spellbinding modern tale and an invaluable resource.” – Valerie Hemingway, author, Running With the Bulls, My Life With the Hemingways

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