TMW Book Reviews

An Old Lion Roars at Dementia


J. Stewart Schneider J.D.

In a society that celebrates the triumphs of the human mind, a silent thief slowly erodes the essence of our being—dementia. Defined as a progressive decline in cognitive ability severe enough to interfere with daily life, dementia casts its dark shadow upon millions, affecting not only the individuals grappling with the condition but also their families, friends, and caregivers. It is a complex and multifaceted illness that demands our attention, empathy, and understanding.

Within the pages of “An Old Lion Roars at Dementia,” we get to know dementia’s relentless grip and its profound impact. J. Stewart Schneider J.D. takes readers on an emotional journey through the experiences and reflections of an aging protagonist. With writing that effortlessly captures the reader’s attention, Schneider shares valuable insights into the workings of life. “Can we not do better? Can we not find a way to treasure the inestimable adventure that is a human life?”

Another lesson readers can glean is the recognition that the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. This reminds us that our understanding of good and evil is not always clear-cut and that we must wrestle with the complexities of morality within ourselves. Schneider’s words resonate deeply and guide readers through a range of emotions. And readers often find themselves drawn into the protagonist’s story, empathizing with each struggle and triumph.

Through the protagonist’s encounters with the harsh realities of dementia and the impact of societal changes, this book offers a meditative path, merging personal anecdotes, philosophical musings, and social commentary—making it a magnetic exploration of the human experience. And the story flows smoothly, directing readers elegantly through the protagonist’s thoughts and offering an indelible perspective on the human condition. Schneider is a great storyteller, connecting with readers deeply and emotionally.

As a result, “An Old Lion Roars at Dementia” is a beautifully written book that invites readers to examine life’s complexities and aging challenges. It’s a recollection of his background and a solid testament to the resilience and humor that can persist even in the face of mental decline caused by dementia.

– The Moving Words Review

Official Entry: The Most Moving Book Award, Jan. 3, 2024