Holding on to Mamie is a daughter's memoir about her mother’s battle with dementia and the devastating impact the illness had on their once close relationship. During her cognitive decline, Mamie wrote a multitude of notes to help her understand what was happening to and around her. The notes evidence the anger and paranoia that are often symptomatic of dementia and document her sudden mistrust of her daughter. Some of the notes form a parallel narrative to Elizabeth's story, offering a fresh perspective on this debilitating disease.
Holding on to Mamie provides unique insight into the inner turmoil of a woman living with dementia as well as the fears and frustrations of her daughter, who was also her primary caregiver.