Grandpa is Losing It: Teens and Dementia

By Laurel Garver My new young adult novel Almost There  focuses on the complications that arise for a teenager when a grandparent’s health problems blow one’s grand plans to bits. Dani is about to take a dream trip to Paris when her

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5 Steps to Help Counter a Common Caregiving Side Effect: Guilt

By Gurney Williams If dementia is a thief, guilt is an accomplice. My wife Linda’s disease stole years of our marriage until she was wholly dependent on a team of professionals in an assisted living facility. But caregiver guilt began to haunt me on the day we got her diagnosis.

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Writing: a Cathartic Experience

By Doreen (Dody) Cox I never planned on becoming my mother’s caregiver, nor, throughout the experience, considered writing a book. In a way, both just happened. I enjoyed my job as group counselor at an alternative school. It wasn’t

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Meet Charles Schoenfeld, author of “A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Dementia Ward”

By Charles Schoenfeld Few men are caregivers in the traditional sense. For most of us, I believe, it’s an uncomfortable suit we would rather not wear. Our mantra, “Let the Women Handle It,” hangs on our wall while we keep busy with lawns to mow and engines to tune.

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Meet Mary Cail, author of “Alzheimer’s: A Crash Course for Friends and Relatives” (The All-Weather Friend)

by Mary Cail I’m a long-distance caregiver to my parents, who suffer from memory loss and multiple other health problems. I know every bump and bend in the 300 miles between their house and mine. I manage every part of their lives and the

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Meet Carole Brecht, author of “The Artistry of Caregiving, Letters to Inspire Your Caregiver Journey”

By Carole Brecht I started caring for my Mom full-time in 2009 after I closed my art gallery/custom frame shop. I had planned to secure a job within six months, but my career path took a turn when my Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. My Dad was still working full-time and I

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Meet Vanessa Luther, author of “A Life Stolen”

By Vanessa Luther My father joined the Air Force in 1950 during the Korean War where he trained as an airplane mechanic. After his tour of duty, he returned to his home in Miami and married my mother after only three months of courtship. He worked during the day and attended barber school at

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Meet Candace Minor Comstock, author of “Remember Joan”

By Candace Minor Comstock In the winter of 2007, I found myself with a rare commodity, time. Major change had come my way as my role of mother had altered, and my role of daughter had ceased. My daughter got married, and my

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