Meet Shannon O’Donnell, author of “Save the Bones”

Bones coverBy Shannon O’Donnell

In the late 1990s, I joined a writers’ group. The rules were simple: “Bring three pages, double-spaced, to read. Ask for the critique you want.” I wanted to write, not just think about writing. Continue reading “Meet Shannon O’Donnell, author of “Save the Bones””

Meet Rundy Purdy, author of “The Sea Is Wide”

 RundyPurdyBy Rundy Purdy

I was twenty-four years old when I became a caregiver for my grandpa. I left my old life and moved in with my grandparents to care for my Grandpa in his journey through Alzheimer’s. There at the very start of Continue reading “Meet Rundy Purdy, author of “The Sea Is Wide””

Meet Geri Taylor: Living with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

By Maria Shriver:

In June, Geri Taylor spoke in front of participants of my first-ever Move for Minds Alzheimer’s fundraising and fitness event. Move for Minds took place at Equinox Sports Clubs in six different cities across the United States, and Geri Taylor spoke to the group in New York about living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Continue reading “Meet Geri Taylor: Living with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease”

Meet Kate Swaffer, author of “What The Hell Happened To My Brain?”

Kate Swaffer Front coverBy Kate Swaffer

There are currently more than 47.5 million people diagnosed with dementia (WHO, 2015) and I am one of them, diagnosed with younger onset dementia at age 49 as a wife and mother of two teenage boys, Continue reading “Meet Kate Swaffer, author of “What The Hell Happened To My Brain?””

Meet Ann Garvin, author of “I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around”

I Like You Fine_final cvrBy Ann Garvin

Laughter And Alzheimer: A Necessary Contradiction

I write about Alzheimer’s because, it seems, I can’t not write about Alzheimer’s. This wretched disease shows up, one way or another in so many of my essays, even when I don’t plan on it. There are times that Continue reading “Meet Ann Garvin, author of “I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around””

Meet Gary Joseph LeBlanc, author of “Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness” and numerous other books and articles about Alzheimer’s and dementia

 Staying Afloat CoverBy Gary Joseph LeBlanc

Becoming a caregiver started as far back as my earliest childhood memories. My oldest sister was born mentally disabled, living her life equivalent to being around six years old. So it was drilled into me that I
Continue reading “Meet Gary Joseph LeBlanc, author of “Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness” and numerous other books and articles about Alzheimer’s and dementia”

Meet Loretta Woodward Veney, author of “Being My Mom’s Mom”

LWVeneyBookcoverBy Loretta Woodward Veney

I decided to write my book because I felt so helpless when my Mom was diagnosed in 2006 at the age of 77. I was stunned that at such a young age, she became the first female in our family to be diagnosed Continue reading “Meet Loretta Woodward Veney, author of “Being My Mom’s Mom””