Judith Harway, author of Sundown: A Daughter’s Memoir of Alzheimer’s Care.
Harway, an Associate Professor of Writing at MIAD, has written an unblinking account of the ravages and redemption of caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Sundown tallies the losses of dementia, examines the restructuring of relationships at the end of life, and affirms the power of storytelling to both preserve and shape memory. Unfolding in the no-man’s land between the needs of an aging population and the market-driven realities of the American healthcare system, with over five million Americans currently suffering from Alzheimer’s, this is terrain we cannot afford to ignore.
In the words of Tom Hlavacek, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Society of Southeastern Wisconsin, “Judith Harway gives us a loving, nuanced and immensely readable perspective on the journey she and her family traveled with her mother and Alzheimer’s disease. Full of wisdom, insight, heartache, and moments of laughter and tears, Sundown is a testament to an extraordinary mother and an important addition to the body of literature on Alzheimer’s and caregiving.”
Judith Harway’s other works include The Memory Box and All That is Left, two collections of poetry. Her work has been published in dozens of literary magazines, and has earned fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board, the MacDowell Colony, and the Hambidge Center