Meet Jana Panarites, author of “Scattered: My Year As An Accidental Caregiver”

By Jana Panarites On a Monday night in November 2009, I had what turned out to be the last conversation I would ever have with my father.  He and my mother had just come back from a trip to New York and they were now back in our family home in Maryland.  Out in Los…

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This Self-Help Book for Caregivers Educates, Supports and Comforts

By Angela G. Gentile, M.S.W., R.S.W. When I titled my book “Caring for a Husband with Dementia: The Ultimate Survival Guide” (2015) I did not expect to have people mistakenly assume that I am a wife caring for a husband with dementia. The warmth and sympathy I receive from people who don’t know me personally…

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Laurie C. Lewis and “The Dragons of Alsace Farm”

By Laurie C. Lewis Like our family, my proposed WWII mystery, The Dragons of Alsace Farm, was also changed by our mother’s diagnosis of dementia. After my father’s passing, Mom threw herself into her farm and animals, finding purpose in the care of her “babies” and the maintenance of her land.

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Meet Judith Henry, author of “The Dutiful Daughter’s Guide to Caregiving: A Practical Memoir”

By Judith Henry What was your motivation to write about your experience as a caregiver? I believe some of our most profound lessons come, not from books, but from being there for people in ways we never imagined. During the six years I was a caregiver for my mother and father, not a day went…

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Meet Constance Vincent, PhD, author of “Not Going Gently”

By Constance Vincent, PhD. When my parents first began to have memory problems, I was in denial. As a psychologist teaching university classes on aging, I had always emphasized the positive aspects of growing older. Alzheimer’s disease had never been on my radar. It is now.

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Meet Sandra Bullock Smith, author of “Trading Places, Becoming My Mother’s Mother”

By Sandra Bullock Smith When I first started caring for my mother, I had no apprehension over how difficult the caregiving job would be. I am a strong, capable woman and my mother was gracious, sweet and appreciative. She tended to know the limitations age delivered to her. I tended to know everything. I had…

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