An Evolution of Love

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Robert J. Sykes, Jr (Bob) was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia in December 2003 at the age of 47. This rare form of Dementia is a brain disease that slowly erodes cognitive abilities and causes personality changes. He endured the disease for more than three years before succumbing on April 7, 2006. This book paints a picture of a unique individual, a generous and giving man, who selflessly devoted himself to family life. It is a story of loss, but it is also a story of love and devotion in the face of devastating illness. This story will provide support and inspiration to others who are coping with dementia and other irreversible illnesses. For each book sold, a donation will be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Dementias
 

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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
I have to admit that I've never heard of Frontotemporal Dementia, although after reading the book I believe my great-grandmother may have had either
that or something similar. This disease is a slow killer, first crumbling away cognitive and thought abilities before eroding away the actual personality of those afflicted with the disease.
An Evolution of Love was meant as a tribute to a very well loved man, Robert James Sykes, Jr. It succeeds in that endeavor by bringing to light the life, joys, and struggles that Robert and his family faced. It details how complicated it is to care for a family member who is slowly losing who they were, and the emotions and sadness that accompany something like this. The book quite literally takes the reader through Bob's life - from birth to death, as well as including scientific information about this particular brand of Dementia. It includes photographs depicting Bob and his family at different milestones and serves as a great reminder to those of Bob's accomplishments and his personality as it was before the disease.
An Evolution of Love is Maria Sykes' heartfelt and dedicated memoir and memorial to her late husband. It paints a unique picture of the man as an individual who was kind, giving, and cared for his family. The book provides thoughtful commentary on Frontotemporal Dementia, as well as some of the tools that worked for the Sykes family in dealing with the difficult process of losing their husband, father, etc, at a painfully slow rate.
 

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
7
PREFACE
11
Robert James Sykes Jr
13
FTD The Disease
19
Old Bob New Bob
23
Toward A Diagnosis
35
Family Caregiving
41
Shared Care
51
Assisted Living Mill Run
59
Assisted Living Floral Vale
69
Final Days
87
Some Reflections
101
Remembrances and Recollections
107
SYKES FAMILY PHOTO ALBUM
111
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