Embracing Life After Loss: Sue Fagalde Lick’s Caregiving Story Through Writing

Images of author Sue Fagalde Lick and her book “No Way Out of This: Loving a Partner with Alzheimer’s”

By Marianne Sciucco, New York, US

Welcome back to the podcast where we share the powerful stories of those who have been impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia. In this episode, Christy and I sit down with Sue Fagalde Lick, a remarkable poet, author, musician, and dog lover from the Oregon coast. Sue shares her deeply moving story of caring for her husband, Fred, throughout their Alzheimer’s journey until his passing.

We dive into Sue’s earlier work, Childless by Marriage, and explore her latest writings on widowhood and life after dementia, including her poetry anthologies and newly published memoir,  No Way Out of This: Loving a Partner with Alzheimer’s, which beautifully intertwines the romance and challenges of life with Fred. Sue opens up about the support she unexpectedly received from friends, the therapeutic value of writing, and the importance of maintaining agency and preparedness as a caregiver.

Sue’s candor about the hardships of caregiving in a rural area, the emotional impact of rehoming pets, and the solace she finds in music and community will resonate deeply with listeners.

We also discuss the creation of our new anthology, Poetry for the Dementia Journey, for which Sue volunteered to serve as editor and formatter.

Join us for a heartfelt conversation that highlights resilience, love, and the importance of support systems in the caregiving journey.

Available on YouTube

Key Takeaways

  • Living Through Dementia Twice
  • Coping with a Spouse’s Alzheimer’s
  • Embracing the Caregiver Role
  • The Difficulties of Relocating for Medical Care
  • The Healing Power of Writing
  • The Role of Pets in Caregiving and Therapy


Learn more about Sue at AlzAuthors.com

Connect with Sue

Facebook author page

Can I Do It Alone on Substack

Purchase Sue’s books

No Way Out of This

Gravel Road Ahead

Childless by Marriage

Blue Chip Stamp Guitar

Dining Alfresco with My Dog

About the Hosts

Marianne Sciucco

Christy Byrne Yates

Kensington Senior Living

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