Among the emotionally gripping stories: a mother who holds on fiercely to her simple lifestyle, yet recognizes that her memory failures are making it more difficult to do so; another mother who complains to her daughter "I have lost my independence" after failing a driving test; a woman in a nursing home who thinks her mirrored reflection is her "best friend," and who is haunted by imaginary snakes crawling over her wheelchair; a onetime computer whiz who keeps a blog to chronicle his activities while he still can; a father who no longer can remember his family, but can still steal the spotlight when performing in public with a local vocal group; a daughter who must build a fence around her farm to prevent her mother from wandering off; and the onetime host of a kids' TV show, whose wife brings him to a hospice after his body finally starts shutting down.Each of these stories are profoundly moving, fascinating, and devastating. I was particularly touched by "Woody's Song" (about halfway through "The Memory Loss Tapes"). Woody doesn't remember who his family is or what he is doing for longer than a moment or two, but when he gets up on stage with his old singing group, he sings a song word for word, and beautifully.
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