The Long Hello –
Memory, My Mother and Me
Join Us Friday, April 15th, 2016 – Click Above to Listen Live
Today we will talk with author Cathie Borrie who has written a beautiful book called “The Long Hello,” which shares her personal story of learning to live with her mother and her diagnosis of dementia in a gracious and grateful way.
Contact Cathie Borrie via her website: cathieborrie.com
You are invited to celebrate the launch of the U.S. edition of The Long Hello ~ Memory, My Mother, and Me by Cathie Borrie
For those not able to attend, books are available here: http://bit.ly/1LUHHaS
Date: Wednesday, April 20th
The Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery
2nd Floor – 537 Broadway, New York
Includes a reading by Cathie Borrie,
accompanied by actor Jill Eikenberry
Reviews on The Long Hello – Memory, My Mother, and Me
A Powerful, Ground-Shifting Account of Caring for a Parent with Alzheimer’s
—Maya Angelou, author, poet, civil rights activist
“A sparse yet deeply affecting poetic story of love and devotion . . . that will pierce and heal the heart.”
—Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice
“A graceful dance between mother and daughter through the ever-changing rhythms of Alzheimer’s disease. Beautiful and profound . . . One of my favourite books on the topic!”
—G.Allen Power, MD, author of Dementia Beyond Drugs and Beyond Disease
“An exceptional book about caring for people with dementia that offers a paradigm-shifting approach to maintaining relationship. Borrie enters deeply into her mother’s world, and a poetic dialogue of mutual love and respect is the result. Should be required reading for everyone caring for people with dementia, and included in the syllabus of healthcare professionals learning how to do so.”
—Marc Wortmann, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Disease International
“Cathie Borrie has learned how to respect the wisdom in her mother’s free associations. The Long Hello will touch deeply all who love.
—Naomi Feil, author of V/F Validation: The Feil Method
“A loving, dutiful daughter writes about her desperate confrontation with her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease. Though she holds degrees in public health and law, her vocation is clearly creative nonfiction. . . As Borrie presents them, her mother’s non sequiturs, surely a badge of Alzheimer’s, make a wonderful kind of poetry, mysterious and even witty. Journal entries combine for a short, poignant record of two lives, a moving history of a mother and her child.”
Cathie Borrie has advanced degrees in health and law, and even trained as a nurse, but nothing prepared her for the experience of caring for her mother, Jo, while she was living with Alzheimer’s disease. After many wrong turns in trying to bring back the person her mother used to be, Cathie realized that her role was to follow, not lead – something she learned in studying ballroom dance.
Delighted by the things Jo would say, she decided to tape their conversations, and a wondrously poetic dialogue unfolded. In Borrie’s spare prose, her mother’s story becomes a family’s story as well as a deeply loving portrait that embraces life. Cathie performs theatrical readings at international conferences on Alzheimer’s and caregiving.