FULTON – On September 16 at 6:30 p.m., author and caregiver Rundy Purdy will be appearing at the Fulton Public Library to share his experience with Alzheimer’s caregiving and his memoir The Sea is Wide.
When Purdy was twenty-four he began accompanying his grandfather on a journey through confused days, long nights, and inevitable loss.
He tells an adventure of bedtime stories, bathroom struggles, and a shared love that stretches across the wide sea of Alzheimer’s.
Purdy, the author of two novels, spent the last eight years providing daily elder care to two of his grandparents.
His three years of Alzheimer’s caregiving in that time made a deep impact on him, and created the desire to help others through the difficult, but rewarding, experience of caregiving.
With compassion, hope, and a strong doze of gritty realism, The Sea is Wide: A Memoir of Caregiving brings the light of hope to voyage of a grandfather into Alzheimer’s, and the story of the grandson who went with him.
While caregiving, he wrote a blog chronicling his experience which formed the basis for his book.
During that time his writing was profiled on The New York Times blog “The New Old Age,” where his account of caregiving and Alzheimer’s was described as “touching as ‘Tuesdays With Morrie,’ as tender as John Bayley’s memoir of his wife, Iris Murdoch, and in many ways truer and more tough-minded than either.”
After reading the book Louise O’Keefe, PhD, CRNP said, “It is a must-read for those taking care of loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s and for those in the medical and nursing profession. I will definitely recommend this book to my patients and nursing students.”
All are welcome for an evening of education and encouragement.
Books will be available for purchase and author signing.
For more information, contact the Fulton Public Library at 592-5159.