How Jane Dwinell and Sky Yardley Shared Their Dementia Story Across America

Jane Dwinell, Author of Alzheimer’s Canyon

By Christy Byrne Yates, MS, LEP, California, US

Jane Dwinell, co-author of Alzheimer’s Canyon: One Couple’s Reflections on Living with Dementia, brings a heartfelt and personal touch to the podcast. As a former Unitarian Universalist minister and with a background in nursing and hospice care, Jane’s journey as a caregiver for her husband, Sky Yardley, provides a unique and empathetic perspective on the impact of Alzheimer’s. Through their public speaking tour and workshops, Jane and Sky shared their experiences with dementia, aiming to break the silence and stigma surrounding the disease. Jane’s dedication to storytelling and her commitment to raising awareness make her a valuable voice in the conversation about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s Canyon: One Couple’s Reflections on Living with Dementia won the 2023 Independent Publisher’s of New England (IPNE) award for Narrative Nonfiction.


“He wanted to meet his people. He wanted to meet other people with dementia. And by doing this church stuff and the workshops, it was his people all over the place.”

“He was still writing almost up to a year before his death, when he was still at home, and he was unable to dress himself and bathe himself. He was still writing.”

In this episode, you will:

  • Uncover the emotional rollercoaster of dementia caregiving.
  • Discover the unique challenges of dementia caregiving during COVID.
  • Understand the fluctuations in cognitive abilities in individuals with dementia.
  • Learn the art of writing and publishing personal dementia caregiving experiences.
  • Explore life after caregiving, including ways to move on both physically and emotionally.

After the Podcast

Purchase Alzheimer’s Canyon, which is available as a paperback, Kindle edition and on Audible.

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Listen to Jane on the “Untangling Alzheimer’s & Dementia” virtual event Writing Through the Fog with Daniel Gibbs, MD and Gerda Saunders

About Jane

Jane Dwinell, author of Alzheimer’s CanyonJane Dwinell is a retired RN, freelance writer, and Unitarian Universalist minister. She is the author (or co-author) of four books including Birth Stories: Mystery, Power, and Creation and Alzheimer’s Canyon: One Couple’s Reflections on Living with Dementia. She lives in northern Vermont with her two cats, Tubby and Pogo, and her garden.

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