We are AlzAuthors. In some way, each of us has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease/dementia. We share our experiences to bring knowledge, comfort, and understanding to others on this journey.
AlzAuthors was founded by four daughters of dementia who met over the internet because of their books, and formed a friendship and a mission to create a space where caregivers can find solid support, and those who share their stories can find the proper audience.
Jean Lee and Vicki Tapia provided care to both parents diagnosed with dementia at the same time. Their memoirs, Alzheimer’s Daughter and Somebody Stole My Iron: A Family Memoir of Dementia, are moving, poignant, testimonies to the heartbreak, confusion, and exhaustion common to all caregivers.
As a young woman, Shannon Wiersbitzky witnessed her grandfather’s descent into dementia. Years later she wrote a middle grade novel, What Flowers Remember, that tells the tale of a young girl and the actions she takes to include an entire community in saving one man’s memories in the hopes that he will never forget.
Marianne Sciucco is a registered nurse who cared for hundreds of dementia patients over a 20-year career and recently became the long distance caregiver to a loved one diagnosed with three types of dementia. Her novel, Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s Love Story, is based on a couple she met through her work, and is a testament to the power of love in the face of this heart wrenching disease.
Our books were written with a common goal: To make a difference. We hope our words might offer support while making the pathway of others traveling this road a little less painful and lonely. May one of our books speak to your experience.