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Book Review - Searching for Cecy

February 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 153

Actress and poet Judy Prescott compiles a powerful tribute in Searching for Cecy: Reflections on Alzheimer's.

As a long-distance caregiver, Prescott artfully recalls memories of her mother's youth through gradual loss. She both honors her mother's legacy while helping her family to heal through their collective effort.

Searching for Cecy features twenty-nine of Prescott's poems carefully paired with photos of multi-media artwork from her nieces, cousins, and in-laws.


Proof and Vanishing are poems of coping with loss paired with acrylic and watercolor. Prescott inquires about her mother's vanishing act: What kind of magician would allow a world devoid of Cecy? Firefly is a poem of hope and yearning. It speaks of that moment when the light of love flickers amidst the darkness that enshrouds one with dementia. Prescott undoubtedly recounts stories Cecy has shared about her youth and the time she learned to make Fishing Nets to catch her when her fell out of relationships. Bon Voyage and "Let's just get home," she said... are touching poems of the struggle between holding on to what is left of Cecy versus letting go. Prescott's poem, Fledglings, is paired with Cecy's sister-in-law's bass wood carving. She draws an analogy of a mama bird's vigilance in caring for her fledglings. Despite her sacrifice, while gathering food for them, the fledglings fall from the nest leaving her search with hope for what is lost. Irony Lost celebrates joy, yet sadness. The irreverent child, Judy, is lost to Cecy.

Whether or not you enjoy poetry and art, Searching for Cecy serves as an example of how one family copes and even receives a therapeutic benefit with a creative tribute to a loved one's memory.

Brenda Avadian, MA, of, is an award-winning speaker who serves as a national spokesperson for family and professional caregivers and is an internationally acclaimed author. Brenda advocates the caregiving continuum, using support groups, geriatric assessment, educational sessions, in-home care, adult day care, elder law services, clinical studies, and residential, assisted living, or nursing care. Having been a caregiver, she now brings hope and strength to caregivers around the world through knowledge, humor, and tears of joy. SIGN-UP for The Caregiver's Voice monthly newsletter at

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