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A Year on Planet Alzheimer: And a Little Longer in Canada

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  11 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
What happens when a single parent from London heads for Canada to care for an elderly lady in case it's fun? book isn't quite a travelogue, although Vancouver Bus Station's ceiling will leave quite an impression. It is just what happened. It is life and the sheer unexpectedness of the way other people live it, not just the snow dump but the incredulity we generated by want ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Authorhouse (first published January 1st 2004)
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Cathy Speight
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We’ve all thought about doing something completely (I do mean completely) different at some point in our lives. I suspect that for most of us, the thought takes up temporary residence in our minds before life’s nitty gritty sends it on its merry way. For others, the thought lingers and changes from a ‘how about’ to a ‘why not’. In Carolyn’s case, the ‘why not’ developed into ‘let’s do it’. And that’s how she found herself in Canada, caring for an Alzheimer’s sufferer, Zuscha for twelve months.

Laurie Boris
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This delightful travelogue/memoir of a single mother’s plunge into the unknown completely charmed me thanks to Carolyn Steele’s wit and resourceful spirit. It was quite fun to be along for the ride with her and her son as they left their homeland of Britain for Canada, negotiating the culture clashes, bureaucracy, odd food, and quirky denizens. As an American, I enjoyed learning how much we have in common with Canadians (we are often so quick to point out differences), and I might not have seen ...more
Robert Beveridge
Carolyn Steele, A Year on Planet Alzheimer (and a Little Longer in Canada) (AuthorHouse, 2004)

I am, as a rule, not a fan of memoirs. They've gotta do two things to make me sit up and take notice. First, you have to have done something that's actually worthy of writing a memoir about. (That running joke in Tove Jansson's books about Moominpappa writing his memoirs? That really WAS a joke in the fifites. Now, it's business as usual.) Second, your life can't be the sole purpose of the book's existe
Carolyn Agosta
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I stumbled across this book because of the fact that the author's name was so much like my own, and then decided to read it due to the intriguing title. I really enjoyed this tale of a Brit who comes to Canada with son in tow, to take care of an Alheimer patient. Although I don't live in Canada (or maybe BECAUSE I don't live in Canada), I found Carolyn's adventures to be quite fascinating. I think it's the kind of adventure many of us might imagine doing ourselves, yet we don't, so reading about ...more
Rich Meyer
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A wonderful memoir

Carolyn Steele has produced yet another touching and realistic memoir of her interesting life between Canada and the UK. Again well-written, this time covers her first trek with her son to the Great White North, as she became a caregiver for a lady with Alzheimer's. Surprisingly, there isn't any sorrowful denouement to that experience, as she's forced to shift jobs.

With the title, I sort of expected a tearful, almost tragic story, but Ms Steele surprised me with a happy and wis
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Carolyn has been a psychologist, a paramedic, a proof reader and several other things, not all of them beginning with P. She began writing the day she decided to try and see the world…doing both just to find out if she could. It made a change from teaching CPR to nightclub bouncers and designing wedding cakes. Carolyn maintains that she is either multi-faceted or easily bored, depending on who is ...more
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