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Comfort And Confusion In Memory Loss

We've all had those days when we misplace our keys, lose our glasses or can't remember our passwords. However, there are those for whom these minor memory slips don't get better.

When Jenny Marquess’ father started showing signs of memory loss, she promised him that she would keep him in his home for as long as she could keep him safe. Nine years ago she moved in with him and watched him slowly lose his sense of place and time. 

In this episode of Radio Chipstone, contributor Gianofer Fields speaks with Marquess about the her role as a caretaker as her father, Harlan Earl Marquess, finds everyday objects both comforting and confusing as his own confusion grows:

Gianofer Fields studies material culture at UW-Madison and is the curator of the Radio Chipstone series- a project funded by the Chipstone Foundation, a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts.