Brentwood Baptist Church will be hosting a special event on Thursday, November 14, at 6:00 p.m. on the Brentwood campus (Hudson Hall), where Senior Pastor Mike Glenn will share stories about his personal journey in caring for his mother as she struggled with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Glenn released his book, Coffee With Mom: Caring for a Parent with Dementia, in June of this year and will be discussing how he struggled with wanting to help her but not always knowing how.
Glenn often had morning coffee with his mother in the nursing home during her four-year battle with Alzheimer’s and dementia. He published quotes from their sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking conversations on Twitter and found that his stories deeply resonated with others going through similar journeys with their loved ones.
Glenn says writing Coffee with Mom was one of the ways he dealt with his own grief, but he also wrote it in hopes that readers walking a similar journey would find a few laughs, realize they’re not alone, and find the courage to do the best they can.
Glenn mentioned, “I wrote Coffee with Mom because my mom is funny and tough. Growing up with her made me the man I am; taking care of her was the most difficult and joyful experience of my life. She continued to fashion me into the man she wanted me to be, even when she was too sick to make sense of it all. Come on the journey with my mom, and you’ll find your own journey there as well.”
At the Alzheimer’s and dementia event, Ken Corr, Congregational Care Minister at the Brentwood campus, will interview Pastor Mike Glenn and ask him questions that audience members can submit to be answered. Resources for caregivers will be available, as well as the ability to connect with support groups. Gayle Haywood, Senior Adult Minister at the Brentwood campus, will also be on-site to help guide and direct those connections.
You can purchase a pre-signed copy of the book at BrentwoodBaptist.com/mikeglenn and pick it up at the event. Unsigned copies will also be available for purchase the evening of the event.