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Blaine's Continues Support of Manitoba Authors

Brenda McKenzie

By Brenda McKenzie

Blaine's Books, Music and Movies in the Selkirk plaza Mall continues to support Manitoba authors. Newly placed on his New Books table is "Loving You" a first novel by Pinawa author, Brenda McKenzie. The book answers the question "When the diagnosis is dementia, now what?" through the medium of the novel.
The story has both factual and fictional elements which both inform and entertain the reader as the story continues.
When their mother became lost in her dementia, Brenda and her husband searched for the people and organizations that could help them find a new living arrangement for her. What they found was an "invisible army" of both professional and volunteer helpers.
Over the course of three years they traveled throughout Manitoba doing interviews, gathering information and getting answers to all their questions.
Along the way Brenda realized that others could benefit from their experience. From this came the outline for a book that explains paneling, the E.R.I.K form., P.O.A. designation, the need for financial records and even funereal arrangements for the person now facing dementia. The story also shows the affect this disease has on the entire family as everyone tries to take up the challenge of housing a person with failing mental and physical
"Loving You" was written as a tribute to her mother-in-law but has proven to be the "how to" book people have been asking for as they,too, look for help with the challenges involved when dementia become part of their family's daily journey.

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