By Ann Campanella

On Saturday, April 6th, the Inaugural Connecting Circles of Care and Building Bridges of Hope Cruise & Conference, directed by Lisa Marie Chirico, set off for the Caribbean. The cruise was specially designed for people with early-stage dementia and their loved ones.

The AlzAuthors Inspiration Collection, a selection of Alzheimer’s and dementia books chosen based on the needs of cruise and conference attendees, was on board along with a distinguished panel of speakers, including our AlzAuthor co-founder Marianne Sciucco. The management team of AlzAuthors is deeply grateful to the Kline Center for Dementia Support and Grandparenting Reseach for sponsoring The Inspiration Collection.

This week, Marianne will share information about the books in our Inspiration Collection as well as other books on our AlzAuthors.com website. She’ll also be presenting her program, “How Three Daughters of Dementia Started AlzAuthors, a Global Community of Writers Sharing their Dementia Stories,” and will conduct a Book Club-style meeting for her novel Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story.

Internet service has been spotty, but Marianne has been able to share a few photos from the beginning of her trip with us. Here’s a peek into this special dementia cruise and conference:

Cruise producer Lisa Maria Chirico among the palm trees in Ft. Lauderdale before the cruise took off. (Photo copied from Lisa’s Instagram account.)

Keynote Speaker Jeff Borghoff who has early-onset Alzheimer’s welcomes conference attendees.

Danny Hutcherson, our generous sponsor and creator of the Kline Center for Dementia Support and Grandparenting Research, with Peter Maeck, author of Remembrance of Things Present.

Conference materials

A view of the Oosterdam cruise ship from the top of the Key West Lighthouse.

 

For author inspiration: Earnest Hemmingway’s house.

Hemmingway’s typewriter

Jeff Borghoff and Marianne Sciucco (photo from Jeff’s Facebook page)

Thanks to Marianne Sciucco for sharing her photos, and thanks to our AlzAuthors for supporting us as we support this unique cruise and conference experience for dementia caregivers and their loved ones. We look forward to sharing more photos soon!

For more information about this cruise, visit www.alzcruisetropics.com.