Even just the word Alzheimer's can strike fear, for it can rob you of your loved one-if you allow it.
Pouf captures the loving journey between a daughter and her father as they choose to muddle through Alzheimer's rather than succumb to fear. Their heartfelt exchanges prove that a relationship can exist, despite the disease.
With shared laughter and tears, Monica attempts to make sense of her father's words. First, they are like poetry. Later, like nonsense. Both required decoding. Monica must learn to accept each new level of deterioration and each new normal.
Through it all, Monica finds herself reflecting upon her own life. Memories flood her-both tender and tragic.
So, leave your shoes of normalcy at the door of the memory care unit. Venture inside. Listen in on the snippets of conversations. Step beyond your fear and walk with the Alzheimer's patients on their journey, in their moment-before pouf! they are gone.
"Monica Vierling Hall's book "Pouf" is a refreshing read as people can feel her authentic soul come through. You will laugh and cry with her on her journey of growth, walking along-side her father with dementia. Through storytelling and precious quotes from her father, readers get a peek into confusing and sometimes humorous comments that flow from him as his words don't match our reality. I know you will appreciate this book for what it is - An honest and loving look at dementia; with all its twists and turns. Monica leads by example stepping into the world of dementia creating joyful moments and hope for those caring and serving those with dementia."