Mother, let’s laugh together : Living with a mother with dementia

(著) 坂元達男



I originally had a dream to publish a book. But before that, I wanted my Mother’s nursing notes.

While I was looking at my Mother, I kept writing what happened to me and what I felt in my notebook. Maybe I was comforting myself by doing so.

Around the time when my Mother left for the first anniversary, I kept organizing it in a word processor and putting it together in one book.

At that time, I happened to see the Japan Book Publication Society and decided to publish it. Even though it was not so great, it was a dream come true. I was sure Mother would’ve been happy, too.

However, as time went on, I learned how difficult it was to make a book, and on the other hand, I also enjoyed the joy in completion. There are typographical errors. I asked many people some impossible and unreasonable requests at times, and I think that I inconvenienced everyone involved.

With the efforts of many people like this, books are born. Finally, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all those who have done their best to complete this book. Thank you so much.

Tatsuo Sakamoto
Born in Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture in 1937. Since I was a teenager, I've loved writing and visited bookstores. After graduating from junior high school, he got a job and wrote novels (short sentences) essays and poems on a bulletin formed by colleagues at the company.

When I was in my twenties, I woke up to what it took to hone myself, and for that I entered a part-time high school (four-year night school) at the age of 25 in 1961.
After graduation, he got married and was given one son and one daughter, but divorced in 1989.
Currently living with a son with intellectual disabilities.
Struggling with activities related to people with disabilities. The activity status, essays, novels and struggles were published by the Miyakonojo branch (news from the training group).

・ Miyazaki Prefecture Hands-on Training Association Director
・ Miyazaki Prefecture Hands-on Training Association Miyakonojo Branch Manager
・ Miyakonojo City Disabled Persons Group Liaison Council Auditor
・ Favorite words: silence
・ Respected person Audrey Hepburn