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This is a true story of how John felt and reacted to the decline of his wife, Yvette, into the quicksands of dementia. The story relates how he, Carmen (the companion to Yvette), and others struggled, sometimes against “wise counsel” to prevent Yvette from sliding downhill, mentally and physically. Their love for Yvette gave them the incentive and the energy to fight against the odds and to achieve some positive results. Really, though, this is a love story of a husband for his wife, together for 69 years.

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Hott Review:

Denentia is a scary disease, not just for the patient, but for the entire family. It’s a creeping disease that sneaks up on you and completely changes who you are and what you’re able to do. I know. I’ve been a large part of my grandmother’s journey with dementia for the past fifteen years. Some days are wonderful. Some, you wonder why.

Getting older is difficult enough, but when you have dementia, you lose so much of yourself, friends and family leave, and you’re often left with a resounding desire for something you can’t remember.

In Vignettes of Yvette at Vi, Mr. Gurley walks us through his life with Yvette after her dementia began to require outside help. This book shows his love for Yvette and the very real obstacles, hurdles, and bumbles we each have when living with dementia.

Reading Vignettes of Yvette at Vi and the others in this series will help all know and understand a life with dementia and give us the courage to make through one more day.


Author: John G.Gurley
Source: Westwind Communications
Publisher & Date: January 30th 2015 by AuthorHouse
Genre: Non-Fiction, Mental Health
ASIN: B00T02GBO8 + others
Pages: 82
Grade: B
This Counts for these Challenges: 2015 Let Me Count The Ways Reading Challenge, 2015 New Authors Reading Challenge, Monthly Mix-up Mania, 2014 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Author Bio:

When John Gurley’s wife was diagnosed with dementia, he visited her every day in the Memory Unit and hired a woman to help provide more personal care for Yvette.
The lessons both learned in trying to minimize the impact of dementia led Gurley to write a memoir/love story that also included a few suggestions on what others facing the same dilemma could do to help their loved ones. The author kept learning more over the 32 months he cared for Yvette so he wrote two more books about his experiences and then wrote a fourth one after Yvette died.
Many readers have found the methods he used to elevate Yvette’s quality of life so helpful and inspiring that they purchased each book and shared them with friends. Moreover the Memory Unit has now added some of the actions he learned into their regular treatment protocol.
A retired professor of economics from Stanford University, Dr. Gurley has also published books on capitalism, communism, China’s economy, and the Soviet Union. He has been living in a retirement community on campus since retiring 28 years ago.
Born in Alameda, California, he earned his BA degree in 1942 from Stanford and his PhD ten years later from the same university. He has lived in Palo Alto at Stanford since 1961.
At Stanford Dr. Gurley did research in Marxian theory, Soviet and Chinese economics, and in economic systems. He taught classes in economics, money and banking.
He also wrote books on challenges to capitalism and challenges to communism, the Soviet Union and China’s economy. Dr. Gurley was among those professors who pioneered the study of relationships between finance and economic development. He served as managing editor of the American Economic Review magazine while at Stanford for six years.
Professor Gurley helped Bank Indonesia to develop a simple model for estimating the demand for money, based mainly on previous changes in the rate of inflation.
John Gurley and Edward Shaw of Stanford and Hugh Patrick of Yale collaborated on a study of the South Korean financial system commissioned by the U.S. Aid program in 1965 which led to a stabilization program that served as the basis of annual aid to Korea. As a result of that study, more Koreans relied on traditional banks rather than the black market for their finances.


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