September is World Alzheimer’s Month, the international campaign by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In recognition of this event, AlzAuthors has put together an eBook sale and giveaway!
Starting today through September 30th you can take advantage of this excellent opportunity to check out some of our books at reduced prices, ranging from free to $2.99. We offer a variety of genres, including fiction, memoir, non-fiction, and children’s literature. Many of our books are also available in paperback and audio, so check them out too.
Our books are written from a deep place of understanding, experience, knowledge, and love. May you find one – or two, or more! – to help guide you on your own dementia journey.
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A Turbulent Mind: A Poetry Collection of a Mother’s Journey with Alzheimer’s, by Jay Artale $.99 (reg. $3.99)
Amid Alzheimer’s storm are rainbow moments that lead to pots of gold and flashes of sunshine that push dark clouds away. The 39 poems in this collection were inspired by the author’s experiences and interactions with her mother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. The most useful thing those of us on the outside of this disease can do is live in the moment and embrace the moments of joy that still pass through every day.
Jay Artale has created a memorable collection of poems that scratch the surface of Alzheimer’s and make you aware of the multifaceted impact of a disease that is both cruel and unkind. She takes you on a journey through denial, anger, guilt, sadness, and acceptance. But she also doesn’t forget one of the most important elements – moments of joy. Her wry humor is sprinkled within this collection adding the emotional highs of the roller coaster ride she takes you on.
These moments of joy are something that Jay discovered after reading Jolene Brackey’s book “Creating Moments of Joy”, and they are the backbone of her coping mechanism she uses to navigate her caregiving interactions.
By her own admission this collection is not a literary wonderland. It’s a collection of lighthearted, but impactful, poetry that deals with a difficult topic in a unique and adventurous way – making it easy for a poetry sceptic to love. As well as getting a glimpse of Jay’s current relationship with her mother, we’re also awarded glimpses of the mother she once knew. The woman who was strong, determined, and always pragmatic. By adding this view into their past Jay manages to heighten the level of emotional response we experience while eavesdropping on their current reality.
For any carers, especially daughters and sons of dementia or Alzheimer’s sufferers, this collection pulls back the covers to reveal what it is like to embark on a journey into the unknown, and how the see-saw of emotions you encounter along the way cannot be planned for or pre-empted.
Take a moment from your hectic life, and the challenges of your day, to immerse yourself in a daughter’s journey with the mother she loves. Jay’s experiences are not unique. There are many other families going through the same scenarios and some much worse, but what is unique is Jay’s poetic take on her relationship, experiences, and the impact on those around her.
We hope that this book creates a moment of joy in your life, and brings you some solace and comfort while caregiving for your aging parents. Embrace your role and thank those around you who make the journey more comfortable and bearable.
How to Have Fun With Your Aging Parents, by Christina Britton Conroy Giveaway! Contact the author to request a free copy (reg. $3.25)
~ A step-by-step manual for adults who love and care for older adults ~
One afternoon, music therapist Christina Britton Conroy was taking nursing home residents to activities. She was thrilled when a sweet, disoriented lady joined her group.
“Mary, it’s so good to see you. Do you want to go to the Bible study or BINGO?” she asked.
Mary replied, “I want to go to Lithuania.”
“To all adult children, caretakers, professionals read this book! Conroy’s approach aligns with the newest movement in American psychology called ‘Positive Psychology’—focusing on one’s passions and personal strengths.” —Gerald Solk, Ph.D. , Assist. Prof. Psychology, City University of NY, Staff Psychologist, Gracie Square Hospital
“An insightful, unique approach to helping people cope with the demands of dealing with the elderly. The writing is entertaining and insightful.”
— John J. Daly, M.D., NYC Police Surgeon, St. Vincent’s Hospital, NYC
“… social workers, nursing-home and community center staffers, psychologists, and family members of patients with dementia/Alzheimer’s could all benefit from this information.”
— Judy Foust, RN, US Army Hospital, retired, Low Vision Nursing Specialist, Lighthouse NYC
“… a great resource for caregivers, whether they are children of aging parents or professionals working in a health care setting. Conroy puts a new spin on the different ways to manage the elderly population. This book is a great reference and a great read.”
—Donna Malech, R. N., P. H. N., Visiting Nurse Service, NYC
“A must in any caregiver’s library.”
—Marie Sibilla, Psychotherapist, Private Practice, NYC
I Care: A Handbook for Care Partners for People With Dementia, by Jennifer Brush, paperback, $7.00 (reg. $13.99)
“This book will both inspire and educate care partners of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to make the most of each day. Care partners will see their loved one as a whole person with strengths and abilities, which will promote greater independence and self-sufficiency for the person with dementia. I Care covers: Minimizing the care partner’s fears, frustrations, and stress; Managing changes in communication, memory loss and behavior using best care techniques; Making the home safe and supportive; Understanding changes in brain function; Addressing financial and legal issues; and much more.
Trading Places: Becoming My Mother’s Mother, memoir, by Sandra Bullock Smith, Free! (reg. $2.99)
Caring for an elderly parent can be extremely challenging. The role reversal involved is emotionally and intellectually demanding, and many caregivers find themselves unprepared to undertake such a difficult task. In Trading Places: Becoming My Mother’s Mother, author Sandra Bullock Smith shares her personal experiences spending ten years caring for her ailing mother. This heartfelt look at the trials and tribulations of that decade offers powerful insight and encouragement for anyone entering into a similar period of life. Smith’s touching stories share the heartbreaking, and sometimes comical, moments she experienced while providing assistance to her aging parent—and how they mirrored similar events from her own childhood. In a very real sense, the two women traded places. Smith found herself uttering phrases she heard all too often as a child, such as, “Don’t give your food to the dog,” and “You’ve had enough sugar today.” Smith began jotting down the things she said, and thus this charming book was born. Filled with respect, compassion, and love, this uplifting and amusing memoir is for anyone involved in elder care or who may face the role in the future.
Motherhood: Lost and Found, memoir, by Ann Campanella, Kindle Countdown $.99 on 9/27, beginning at 11am, then increasing each day until it reaches $3.99 on 9/30 (reg. $7.99)
Alzheimer’s disease, infertility and love of horses intersect in this award-winning memoir. At age 33, author and poet Ann Campanella returns to her home state of North Carolina ready to build a horse farm and start a family. Ann’s foundation is shaken when she experiences multiple miscarriages at the same time her mother spirals into Alzheimer’s. Ann’s connection to horses sustains her as she cares for her elderly parents and her window of motherhood begins to close. As her mother’s memory fades, Ann receives a final miracle. The voice in Ann’s memoir has been called constant and abiding, her imagery indelible. Her graceful, exacting language rises above the grief of infertility and the struggle to care for aging parents, connecting the reader ultimately to the heartbeat and resilience of the human experience. This memoir was a finalist in the Next Generation Independent Book Awards, the world’s largest not-for-profit independent book awards.
The Dementia Handbook: How to Provide Dementia Care at Home, by Judy Cornish, $2.99 (reg. $9.00)
Providing dementia care is profoundly stressful for families and caregivers. People with dementia or Alzheimer’s experience emotional distress, which leads to behavioral complications and the need for institutional care. However, if families and caregivers are able to identify the emotional needs caused by dementia and understand which skills are lost and which remain, they can lower the behavioral complications and their own stress. As the founder of the Dementia & Alzheimer’s Wellbeing Network® (DAWN), Judy Cornish approaches dementia care with clear and empathetic methods that not only improve the lives of the individuals with dementia but also of those caring for them. Dementia and Alzheimer’s are very personal and individual experiences—they vary from person to person. However, Cornish has identified a pattern in the abilities and disabilities of people living with dementia. Based on her findings, Cornish was able to develop methods for caregivers to ease emotional distress, which can quickly and safely resolve behavioral complications. Though people with dementia lose a sense of self, they are still the same person you always loved. Judy Cornish understands this. The Dementia Handbook: How to Provide Dementia Care at Home is the supportive guide you’ve been looking for as you walk alongside your loved one on this difficult—but potentially rewarding—new path.
Meet Me Where I Am – An Alzheimer’s Care Guide, by Mary Ann Drummond, $.99 (reg. $9.99)
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease requires an abundance of knowledge, patience and love. There are many obstacles along the way to discourage and overwhelm even the most well rounded individuals. Meet Me Where I Am is an essential resource for Alzheimer’s caregivers, designed to teach, enlighten and comfort while preparing for the journey ahead. Providing real life scenarios commonly encountered, along with solutions to some of the more difficult tasks, makes this book a “must read” for anyone seeking a better understanding of how to meet the needs of those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease.
Finding Ruth: A Daughter’s Quest to Discover Her Mother’s Past, memoir, Cynthia Hamilton, Free! (reg. $3.99)
A writer turns to detective to learn what her mother’s life had been like before Alzheimer’s stole her memories. A true story of forgiveness and healing. As fiercely independent Ruth struggles to stay self-reliant at the age of 86, each day brings her closer to an event that will alter her life forever. While her author daughter shifts through Ruth’s possessions prior to her move into a skilled nursing facility, she discovers a previously unseen photo from 1949 and realizes how little she knows of her mother’s life. As Alzheimer’s continues to warp Ruth’s once sharp mind, she can no longer shed any light on the past. Yearning to know who her mother was as a person in her own right, the author painstakingly reconstructs Ruth’s life from photos, letters, public records and firsthand memories. What emerges is a portrait of a bright, beautiful woman who is propelled through decades of broken promises and heartache, bouncing from one ill-fated relationship to the next, but always staying strong, always surviving. Through a timeline going back sixty years, the author gleans a much better understanding of the woman she had known only as Mom.
Weeds in Nana’s Garden, illustrated children’s fiction, by Kathryn Harrison, $.99 (reg. $7.99)
A young girl and her Nana hold a special bond that blooms in the surroundings of Nana’s magical garden. Then one day, the girl finds many weeds in the garden. She soon discovers that her beloved Nana has Alzheimer’s Disease; an illness that affects an adult brain with tangles that get in the way of thoughts, kind of like how weeds get in the way of flowers. As time passes, the weeds grow thicker and her Nana declines, but the girl accepts the difficult changes with love, learning to take-over as the garden’s caregiver. Extending from the experience of caring for her mother, artist Kathryn Harrison has created this poignant children’s story with rich illustrations to candidly explore dementia diseases, while demonstrating the power of love. It is a journey that will cultivate understanding and touch your heart. After the story, a useful Question and Answer section is included. $1 from the purchase of this book will be donated to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. The Alzheimer Society is Canada’s leading health charity for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Alzheimer’s Daughter, memoir, Jean Lee, $.99 (reg. $2.99)
What would you do if both parents were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? At the time of their diagnosis, Ed Church struggles to his feet, yelling, “How dare you use the A. word with me,” while Ibby wags her finger at the doctor scolding, “Shame on you.” They protect each other, Ibby by asserting, “We’re not leaving our home,” and Ed reassuring, “We’re just fine.” About his driving Ed defends, “I’m an excellent driver, I’ve never had an accident.” When their daughter, Rosie, finds dings in Ed’s car, he dismisses, “Someone must have bumped into me.” After Rosie moves them to assisted living, convinced they are on a second honeymoon, they break the news, “We’ve decided not to have more children.” In the late stages, they politely shake Rosie’s hand, inquiring, “Now, who are you?” In Alzheimer’s Daughter readers journey with Rosie Church from her first suspicions that something is awry to nearly a decade later as she is honored to hold Ed and Ibby’s hands when they draw their final breaths.
The Dragons of Alsace Farm: A Story of Redemption and Love, fiction, by Laurie Lewis, $.99 (reg. $2.99)
In need of his own redemption, Noah Carter finally confronts his childhood hero, the once-beloved uncle who betrayed him. Instead of vengeance, he offers forgiveness, also granting Uncle John a most curious request—for Noah to work on the ramshackle farm of Agnes Deveraux Keller, a French WWII survivor with dementia. Despite all Agnes has lost, she still has much to teach Noah. But the pair’s unique friendship is threatened when Tayte, Agnes’s estranged granddaughter, arrives to claim a woman whose circumstances and abilities are far different from those of the grandmother she once knew. Items hidden in Agnes’s attic raise painful questions about Tayte’s dead parents, steeling Tayte’s determination to save Agnes, even if it requires her to betray the very woman she came to save, and the secret her proud grandmother has guarded for seventy years. The issue strains the fragile trust between Tayte and Noah, who now realizes Tayte is fighting her own secrets, her own dragons. Weighed down by past guilt and failures, he feels ill-equipped to help either woman, until he remembers Agnes’s lessons about courage and love. In order to save Agnes, the student must now become the teacher, helping Tayte heal—for Agnes’s sake, and for his.
A Life Stolen: My Father’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s, memoir, by Vanessa Luther, $.99 (reg. $2.99)
A Life Stolen is the gripping account of a father and daughter’s devastating but inspiring journey through Alzheimer’s. It’s an inside look into the day-to-day challenges facing not only the patient, but also the caregivers. For many years, her father exhibited signs of dementia, eventually becoming too significant to ignore. Everything culminated during an incident one night, after which her father was taken away, never to return to his home again. The disease changed him every day until he was a stranger. Then, it stole his life.
Through the initial days at home to hospital stays, living in a memory care unit, rehab stints and eventually hospice care, this book reveals many of the struggles encountered while facing Alzheimer’s in a world not quite ready for it. It is based on actual events depicted exactly as they happened while travelling the heartbreaking and harrowing road through this horrific illness. Its purpose is to give guidance and insight to others caring for loved ones with this terrible affliction, whether it is in providing helpful information, feelings of support or simply words of encouragement. Most importantly, the hope is that it will make the road for others an easier one to travel. May the many tears in this journey be the fortitude that helps others deal with the adversity from this overwhelming disease.
Remembrance of Things Present: Making Peace with Dementia, by Peter Maeck, $4.95
Caring for an aging father diagnosed with Alzheimer’s stirs a multitude of experiences and feelings. Poet and photographer Peter Maeck approaches this extremely difficult time of life with extraordinary mindfulness and compassion. In rhyming verse and his own photographs Maeck depicts how he and his father “moved from a prose relationship into one of poetry . . . less literal and more metaphorical . . . engaging more in rhyme than in reason.” Remembrance of Things Present is an important book for our time as dementia nears epidemic proportions; it is wisdom gleaned from facing one of life’s most horrific afflictions with word, image, and love.
Save the Bones, memoir, by Shannon O’Donnell, $2.99 (reg. $10)
Maddening. Crazy-making. Frustrating. The dance that is Alzheimer’s is never quite mastered. The music changes often and the steps are irregular. This way? That way? Nothing is ever straightforward in the telling. This mother and daughter navigate the capricious ways of Alzheimer’s and discover new things along the way, including laughter that surprises and bonds them to shared history and memory.
Requiem for the Status Quo, fiction, by Irene Frances Olson, Enter to win one of six paperbacks or ebooks on Facebook, (reg. $4.99/16.95)
Family caregivers are oftentimes ruthlessly challenged by uninvolved family members who are quick to condemn, but reticent to offer assistance. Such is the case for Colleen Strand, a widow who recently found her own footing who takes on the task of caring for her father, Patrick Quinn, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Her older brother, Jonathan, criticizes Colleen at every turn and verbally abuses the father when he has the gall to exhibit symptoms of his disease. In short, Jonathan travels down the road of denial, leaving Colleen to deal with all matters regarding their father’s care.
Connected tenuously to a father who barely remembers her and a brother who has become an enigma, Colleen faces the moving target that is Alzheimer’s disease, determined to clothe her father with the dignity he deserves, while capturing the far too fleeting moments of time with him.
Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story, fiction, by Marianne Sciucco, $0.99 (reg. $2.99)
What if the person who knew you best and loved you most forgot your face, and couldn’t remember your name? A care facility is everyone’s solution for what to do about Sara, but her husband, Jack, can’t bear to live without her. He is committed to saving his marriage, his wife, and their life together from the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease. He and Sara retired years ago to the house of their dreams, and operated it as a Cape Cod bed and breakfast named Blue Hydrangeas. Jack has made an impossible promise: He and Sara will stay together in their beautiful home no matter what the disease brings. However, after nine years of selfless caregiving, complicated by her progressing Alzheimer’s and his own failing heart, he finally admits he can no longer care for her at home. With reluctance, he arranges to admit her to an assisted living facility. But, on the day of admission, Sara is having one of her few good days, and he is unable to follow through. Instead, he takes them on an impulsive journey to confront their past and reclaim their future. In the end, he realizes that staying together at any cost is what truly matters.
Somebody Stole My Iron: A Family Memoir of Dementia, by Vicki Tapia, $2.99
Navigating the waters of dementia can be frightening, unleashing a myriad of emotions for everyone involved. After Vicki Tapia’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, followed closely by her father with Parkinson’s disease-related dementia, she struggled to find practical, helpful information to light her way. Somebody Stole My Iron began as a diary to help her cope, but emerged as a road map for others. It offers a glimpse into her family’s life as they rode the waves of dementia, sometimes sailing, other times capsizing. This engaging memoir offers useful information from experts within the field of Alzheimer’s research, personal lessons the author learned along the way, and ideas and tips for managing the day-to-day ups and downs of dementia.
Sometimes They Forget, by R.J. Thesman, $.99 (reg. $2.99)
Sharing the authenticity of the caregivers’ challenges, Sometimes They Forget presents essays and meditations describing the caregiving battle within Alzheimer’s Disease.
RJ Thesman writes from the viewpoint of a long-distance caregiver whose mother is disappearing within the shadows of the Long Goodbye. With this series of essays and meditations, Thesman presents tips for caregivers, personal family memories and the sacred space Alzheimer’s cannot touch.
For a better understanding of the caregiving journey, explore these empathic stories about loved ones who sometimes forget.
10 Steps to Girlfriend Status, young adult fiction by Cynthia Toney, $.99 (reg. 3.99)
Wendy Robichaud is on schedule to have everything she wants in high school: two loyal best friends, a complete and happy family, and a hunky boyfriend she’s had a crush on since eighth grade—until she and Mrs. Villaturo look at old photo albums together. That’s when Mrs. V sees her dead husband and hints at a scandal down in Cajun country. Faster than you can say “crawdad,” Wendy digs into the scandal. She risks losing boyfriend David by befriending Mrs. V’s cute grandson, alienates stepsister Alice by having a boyfriend in the first place, and upsets her friend Gayle without knowing why.
Will Wendy be able to prevent Mrs. V from being taken thousands of miles away from her? And will she lose all the friends she’s fought so hard to get?
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