Published April 30, 2015
Dean Lajeunesse doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps. He’s not yet fifty, but his memory is starting to fail him. He vividly recalls how dementia whittled away at his dad and doesn’t want his own teenaged son, Aidan, to see him suffer the same fate. Of course, he could just be overreacting. Maybe it’s the stress of his on-again-off-again relationship with Valerie, his long-time live-in girlfriend, or the feeling that he’s not measuring up as a father that’s making him absent-minded. But before he can understand what’s happening to him, he’s dragged home to the sickbed of his estranged mother. There, he butts heads with his older brother, Perry, who’s remained loyal to their mother and has succeeded in almost every way that Dean hasn’t. As old family tensions bubble to the surface, Dean must try to hold on to Aidan’s respect as he relives his difficult relationship with his own father.
Praise for Missing Steps
“A powerful and sensitively told story. I didn’t read enough about dementia when I was a carer, but I’ve read a lot since, and I’ve found both fact and fiction a very powerful way to help me make sense of my own journey, and other people’s too. Missing Steps… tackles this difficult subject with sensitivity.”
James Ashwell, Founder of Unforgettable.org
Music to listen to the novel by
Out of the Woods, Justin Rutledge
Things Happen, Dawes
Ain’t That a Kick in the Head, Dean Martin
Come Dance with Me! Frank Sinatra
Sleep Please Come to Me, Matthew Barber
Gravity, Alison Krauss and Union Station
The Log Driver’s Waltz, Kate and Anna McGarrigle
Forgiveness is Gold, Eric Bibb
Share The Care: How to Organize a Group to Care for Someone Who Is Seriously Ill by Cappy Capossela and Sheila Warnock
Finding Your Way is a program that offers practical advice on how people with dementia can stay safe while staying active. It shows how to best deal with the risk of going missing.