“Why Do You Think I Call You Mama?” An Interview with Author and Dementia Caregiver, Debbie Keys

A Place for Mom’s first Camp Reveille winner, Deborah Keys, recently released her first book, which discusses a daughter’s reality of caring for her mother who suffers from dementia.Navigating dementia and caregiving can be difficult, not to mention emotionally exhausting. When A Place for Mom asked caregivers to submit essay entries into the Camp Reveille “Rest and Recharge” Caregiver Getaway Contest in 2012, Debbie’s honest, yet optimistic essay that discussed her caregiver role for her 83-year-old mother spoke to the judges. Being a naturally bubbly and delightful lady, this former English teacher’s words were charming and positive, despite her extremely frustrating situation. Needless to say, Debbie impressed judges with her entry, and she now offers an intimate and even humorous account of her caregiver experience to share with others.An Interview with Author and Dementia Caregiver, Debbie KeysDebbie discusses her inspiration for her book:“I have kept a journal for a good portion…

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