Meet Dr. David Davis and Joko Gilbert, co-authors of “Support the Caregiver: 9 Strategies for Turning the Stress of Alzheimer’s Caregiving into Transformational Growth.”

By Dr. David Davis and Joko Gilbert – As anyone who has walked in our shoes knows, there is a vast hole in the heart of a caregiver who, by a twist of fate, must tend to the needs of a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s. A hole that has the power to reshape and…

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Meet Catherine Hodder, Esq., author of “Estate Planning for the Sandwich Generation: How to Help Your Parents and Protect Your Kids”

By Catherine Hodder, Esq. I was a corporate and banking attorney when my father began experiencing mini-strokes and having difficulty with his memory. We didn’t know at the time he was embarking on a ten-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. And what a battle it was. Even though I was well versed in law and finance,…

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Welcome, Minna Packer, blogger of “Suddenly Mad: My Voyage Through Early Alzheimer’s”

By Minna Packer I was a teacher, professor, artist, filmmaker, mother of two adult children, a wife, a former American Fulbright, and an active member of my community. I am now 63. I was diagnosed twice, first in September 2016 with a Spect scan, then again in January 2017, when another neurologist ordered an FDG…

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Meet Martin Schreiber, author of “My Two Elaines”

By Martin J. Schreiber  If there’s one thing worse than Alzheimer’s, it’s ignorance of the disease. Count me among those who were ignorant. Over the past decade, I’ve learned more about Alzheimer’s than I ever thought was possible. To be sure, I’m no expert on the science of the brain. But I know what Alzheimer’s…

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Welcome, Karen Severson, MD, author of “Look, I Shrunk Grandma”

By Karen Severson, MD This book has been in my head for years. It started with the constant frustration of being caught in the middle of disagreements between nursing homes and families. Sent as a representative of the nursing home to address aggressive behaviors, nurses would relate to me how horrible and dangerous the person…

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Meet Iris Waichler, author of “Role Reversal”

By Iris Waichler I began writing my book, Role Reversal: How to Take Care of Yourself and Your Aging Parents, as a tribute to my father, Melvin Sneider. I knew he was an extraordinary and giving person who had touched many lives. When I began writing, he was 95 and in good health after recovering…

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Meet Jaclyn Guenette, Author of “I Smile for Grandpa”

By Jaclyn Guenette “How do I explain dementia to children?” has been a question asked to me over and over throughout the years.  Let’s be honest, dementia is difficult to understand.  There are several disease types so it’s complex and often presents differently for different people.  I have been privileged to work on a secured…

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Meet Mary Edwards-Olson author of “When the Sun Shines Through”

By Mary Edwards-Olson I wrote, When the Sun Shines Through, because of my personal journey. I was a caregiver for my mother and watched first hand as Alzheimer’s slowly stole her from us. My mother, Elizabeth Edwards, lost her fight with Alzheimer’s on October 23, 2017. Caring for my mother was a roller coaster of…

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Meet Anne F. Balcom, Whose Blog Became the Book — The Blue Velvet Drape: Dealing With Dementia

By Anne F. Balcom Mom was diagnosed with dementia in 2006. From the moment my parents told my sister and me the news I began losing sleep, a lot of sleep. The worry of “How were we going to get through this?” was eating me up. I would lie in bed at night for hours…

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Meet Lisa Wingate, author of “Tending Roses”

The Gap By Lisa Wingate In every story I write, there are bits of real life, nibblets of sheer invention and  sprinkles of serendipity. Readers often ask me which parts are which. Sometimes, it’s hard to dissect. Our way of looking at the world comes from our experiences in it. Our passions, the things we…

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