A Year with Dementia and Other Adventures

Tinky Weisblat’s world seemed to be getting smaller and smaller.

Like five million other Americans, Tinky’s mother Jan (a.k.a. Taffy) had Alzheimer’s disease. And the stress of the disease was affecting both daughter and mother … as it affects patients and caregivers everywhere.

Pulling Taffy follows Tinky and Taffy through the final year of Taffy’s life as they slowly learned how to show stress the door. By reaching out to others, laughing every day, making music when they could, and finding joy where they could, the pair not only survived but flourished.

They didn't enjoy the disease--but they managed to enjoy life.

The story Tinky tells includes journal entries about caring for Taffy, history, meditations, and family recipes. It is about dementia and death. More importantly, it is about love, joy, music, and laughter.


This project was funded in part by the Charlemont/Hawley Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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