Laughter, Tears and Connection: Discussing a Novel Born from Alzheimer’s Experience

Ruth Stevens, author of Stage Seven

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

For our March installment of Books & Chit Chat, our monthly Book Club collaboration with Aging & Amazing, we talk with Ruth Stevens, a former public relations professional from New York City and LA, and the author of the debut novel “Stage Seven,” inspired, in part, by her personal experience dealing with her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease and decline. A fiction story acquisitions editor with AlzAuthors and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Ruth brings a unique perspective to her writing, infusing humor and tenderness into a difficult topic. Her storytelling abilities, honed through a career in creative writing, advertising campaigns, and numerous articles for magazines, newspapers, and journals, shine through in her work, offering a compelling and relatable portrayal of Alzheimer’s and its impact on family dynamics. Like enjoying a performance of her play, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll learn a lot.

  • Delight in the surprising journey of Ruth Stevens, from crafting a stage play to penning a heartfelt novel about Alzheimer’s.
  • Delve into the unexpected twists and turns as Ruth shares her personal experiences and the emotional impact of her work.
  • Stay tuned for eye-opening insights on turning personal stories into fiction and a sneak peek into her upcoming duology.
  • Get ready to be captivated by Ruth’s incredible journey, as she shares the highs and lows of her creative process.

Have a listen.


“I feel like your play gave me permission to move on with my life”. – Audience member

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In this episode, you will: 

  • Explore real-life Alzheimer’s caregiving experiences and gain insights into navigating the challenges with compassion and understanding.
  • Discover the art of turning personal stories into compelling fiction, finding inspiration from the heart-wrenching yet beautiful moments of caregiving.
  • Uncover the captivating journey within the novel “Stage Seven” by Ruth Stevens, delving into the emotional landscape of Alzheimer’s and its impact on families.
  • Understand the profound impact of Alzheimer’s on family dynamics, gaining new perspectives on how to navigate relationships and support systems during difficult times.

After the Podcast

Buy the Book Stage Seven

Find more about Ruth Stevens at

Listen to Ruth on on the Hilarity for Charity (HFC) and AlzAuthors Summer Book Club

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