Betsy Wurzel’s guest today is Darlene Fuchs, writer and author behind “GET IN THE BOAT”: A Memoir of Love, Loss, And The Dance with Dementia. Drawing from the poignant journals of her father, Richard Sonnichsen, Darlene takes readers on a deeply personal journey through the challenges of caregiving, offering an intimate view of a husband caring for his wife.

As a wife and grandmother, Darlene found herself in the role of caregiver for her parents, Richard and Gail Sonnichsen. In this interview, Darlene shared the inspiration behind the book’s title and her heartfelt promise to her father to publish his journals. These journals provide a powerful and moving account of a male caregiver navigating the complexities of caring for his spouse.

The conversation delves into the profound and unconditional love that spouses experience during the caregiving journey, the inherent desire to fix our loved ones, and the realization that some challenges are beyond our control. Darlene hopes that readers will glean from the book the importance of self-prioritization, emphasizing the need to take care of oneself first and advocating for a better understanding of a loved one’s diagnosis. Betsy and Darlen explore the additional difficulties faced during the pandemic, as loved ones found themselves in hospitals or facilities, adding layers of grief, isolation, and heartbreak. Darlene Fuchs maintains a dedicated Facebook page, “Get in the Boat,” inviting readers to connect and share their experiences.

In tribute to the memories of Richard and Gail Sonnichsen, Betsy dedicates this show to honoring their enduring legacy.

Please listen to the audio interview with Betsy and Darlene as they delve into the various challenges caregivers encounter when dealing with dementia.

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