Fulton, Phoenix Public Libraries Promote Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness

FULTON – The Fulton Public Library and the Phoenix Public Library celebrate “National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month with The Sea is Wide.

Rundy Purdy
Rundy Purdy

Learn about Alzheimer’s and caregiving on November 29 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Cayuga Community College Community Event Center, 11 River Glen Drive, in Fulton (the former K-Mart Plaza).

Many organizations are coming together to provide useful information to help family, friends and caregivers.

Information will be available on Advance Directives, Adult Day Care, services provided by the Office for the Aging, Support Groups, Estate Planning and more.

“The sea of Alzheimer’s is wide, but we can cross it.”

Author and caregiver Rundy Purdy will appear at 2:30 p.m. to share his experience with Alzheimer’s caregiving and his memoir The Sea is Wide.

Cover of book (Rundy Purdy and his grandfather)
Cover of book (Rundy Purdy and his grandfather)

When Purdy was 24, 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.

Rundy, 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 grandson who went with him.

While caregiving, Rundy 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.”

All are welcome for an afternoon of education and encouragement.

Books will be available for purchase and author signing.

For more information, call Betty Maute at 592-5159.