Navigating the waters of dementia can be frightening, unleashing a myriad of emotions for everyone involved. After Vicki Tapia's mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, followed closely by her father with Parkinson's disease-related dementia, she struggled to find practical, helpful information to light her way. Somebody Stole My Iron began as a diary to help her cope, but emerged as a road map for others. It offers a glimpse into her family's life as they rode the waves of dementia, sometimes sailing, other times capsizing. This engaging memoir offers useful information from experts within the field of Alzheimer's research, personal lessons the author learned along the way, and ideas and tips for managing the day-to-day ups and downs of dementia.
Vicki Tapia, a breastfeeding educator for over 30 years, found her energies redirected to the other end of life when both her parents were diagnosed with dementia. Tapia currently works in a pediatric clinic and writes for lactation journals. The mother of three grown children (and four grandchildren), she lives with her husband and dog in Montana.