Behind the Mask: COVID, Kids and Caregiving with Andrea Couture

photo of Andrea Couture, author of Embracing What Remains

By Christy Byrne Yates, California, USA

This week’s podcast guest is Andrea Couture, author of “Embracing What Remains.” She brings a unique perspective to our listeners with her firsthand experience caring for her father, a surgeon diagnosed with dementia, while also raising young children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her background in journalism and heartfelt storytelling offer valuable insights into the challenges and triumphs of her caregiver journey.

Andrea’s willingness to share her family’s story with openness and honesty provides comfort and support to others who may be facing similar experiences. Her memoir and active involvement within the Alzheimer’s community showcase her dedication to raising awareness and creating a sense of community among caregivers.

Andrea is a member of the AlzAuthors management team specializing in acquisitions and moderating our book club AlzAuthors Books & Chit Chat with our friends at Aging & Amazing (see below).

In this episode, you will:

  • Discover the impact of COVID-19 on Alzheimer’s caregivers and learn strategies to navigate illness
  • Learn the importance of sharing Alzheimer’s experiences and how it can positively impact caregivers and families
  • Explore writing as a powerful form of Alzheimer’s advocacy and its potential to make a difference.

Impact of COVID-19 on Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Amid the global pandemic, Alzheimer’s caregivers have faced unique hurdles. As Andrea explains, managing in-home caregivers during COVID-19, the resulting anxieties, and ensuring safety gave rise to much distress. Understanding these challenges can provide viewpoints for creating effective strategies to assist caregivers in navigating similar situations now and in future crises.

As a new member of the AlzAuthors Team, Andrea now serves as an Acquisition Editor and co-host of a new collaboration with Aging & Amazing – AlzAuthor’s Books & Chit Chat,” which will feature her book during the inaugural event on January 30, 2024.

After the Podcast

Register for AlzAuthors Books & Chit Chat

Purchase Embracing What Remains, which is available as a paperback, Kindle edition and on Audible.

Note: We are an Amazon Associate and may receive a small commission on book sales at no cost to you.

Read Andrea’s AlzAuthors post: Andrea Couture Wrote the Book She Yearned for on Her Dementia Journey

See Andrea on the AlzAuthors Live virtual panel discussion “When Dad Has Dementia”

Andrea Couture, author of Embracing What RemainsAbout Andrea Couture

Andrea Couture is an author and mother of three children. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. Embracing What Remains is her first memoir and book. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, children, and dog.

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