Stories of dementia reveal what remains and what is lost


The Otago Daily Times reviews Pip Desmond’s memoir Song for Rosaleen:

‘Another compelling read is Wellington writer Pip Desmond’s memoir of her mother, Rosaleen, born in 1929, who spent her early life in Roxburgh.

‘Rosaleen had vascular dementia, first noticed when she was in her early 70s, a widow living alone in Wellington.

‘Song for Rosaleen is an honest account of how Desmond and her five siblings coped with the changes in their mother and worked out how best to care for her. Unsurprisingly, it was not easy and they did not always agree about everything.’

Read the full review here.