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From the author's web site:
"After retiring from a 27 year job as a truck driver, I went to work at North Central Health Care (NCHC), providing care to residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
It had begun with regular visits to my mother. At 98, she was a resident at NCHC and I visited her regularly. For the average visitor, a dementia ward can take some getting used to. For whatever reason, I fit right in.
That led to Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) class, where I was the only male—and the only one without a cell phone in one hand and a Diet Mountain Dew in the other. I learned how to “toilet,” how to perform “personal cares.” How to cushion my fall before fainting…
Despite thirty days of training, nothing prepared me for the people I met, much less the situations I found myself in. The dynamics of daily life on a dementia ward, my encounters with co-workers, visiting family, and particularly the residents I helped, resulted in a train wreck of emotions that both broke and filled my heart. The stories are many.
Care giving became an unexpected love affair that led me down a path to self discovery I hadn’t known I was traveling, and revealed what became my personal, greatest truth. And now, a book I needed to write."
Charles Schoenfeld is a member of Writers of Wausau and the Wisconsin Writers Association. Recently retired he spends his time chasing deer or golf balls.
He is a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association, Faith in Action and United Way of Marathon County. He lives in Wausau, Wisconsin with his wife, Maggie. This is his first book.
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