REQUIEM FOR THE STATUS QUO A summer 2017 release by Black Rose Writing
The family caregiver is oftentimes ruthlessly challenged by uninvolved family members who are quick to condemn the caregiver’s efforts but reticent to offer assistance. Such is the case for Colleen Strand, a widow who recently found her own footing, who takes on the task of caring for her father, Patrick Quinn, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Her older brother, Jonathan, criticizes Colleen at every turn and verbally abuses the father when he has the gall to exhibit symptoms of his disease. In short, Jonathan travels down the oft-traveled road of denial, leaving Colleen to deal with all matters regarding their father’s care.
Connected tenuously to a father who barely remembers her and a brother who has become an enigma, Colleen faces the moving target that is Alzheimer’s disease, determined to clothe her father with the dignity he deserves, while endeavoring to capture the far too fleeting moments of time remaining with him.
Photo Portrait by Kathleen Coffler, Kat Portrait Studio
Book Reviews and Endorsements:
In this stunning debut novel, Irene Frances Olson depicts with tenderness and grace, one family’s struggle to cope with the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease – Anne Leigh Parrish, author of Women Within, a Black Rose Writing publication
As someone who has spent her career in the senior housing industry, I deem REQUIEM FOR THE STATUS QUO a winner on two levels: It is an endearing story of the love between a daughter and a father, and it provides the reader with practical insight into the challenges faced by our aging population – Polly Miller, former Chief Marketing Officer, AegisLiving
Ms. Olson’s experience as a long-term care ombudsman, coupled with her own Alzheimer’s caregiving experience, make her more than qualified to tell the story of families in turmoil, thrust into the learn-as-you-go task of caregiving – Vicki Elting, Assistant Washington State LTC Ombudsman
A heartfelt and compelling story, relevant to so many family households across the globe, REQUIEM is a must-read for all generations – Dwayne Clark, Chairman & CEO of TRUE Productions, a film production company created from the love of storytelling