Meet Ellen Smith author of “Reluctant Cassandra”

By Ellen Smith Reluctant Cassandra came to me first as a title. I’ve always been fascinated by Greek mythology and especially with the character of Cassandra. She was given the gift of prophecy along with the curse that her warnings would never be believed. In Greek mythology, Cassandra’s story ends with the fall of Troy—a tragedy…

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Jessica Bryan Returns with “The Mighty Ant – An Anthology of Short Stories for Seniors”

By Jessica Bryan I am an author of over 28 books who has always shared my stories with my mother. Sadly, Mom suffers from Alzheimer’s, and as the disease has progressed she no longer comprehends more intricate plots, nor can she focus on longer, more detailed stories.  As a consequence, I began reading short stories…

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Meet Gincy Heins, Editor of Before the Diagnosis

By Gincy Heins As I was texting a friend who would be meeting my family for the first time, I realized she would never know so many aspects of my husband, and I started to cry. She would never know the person who talked easily and could captivate people with his stories about working at…

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Meet Richard Creighton, blogger of “Living With Alzheimer’s”

By Richard Creighton Why would a 78-year-old grandfather who doesn’t like to write become a blogger? The answer lies in my personal experience before my wife Kate was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011. We played a major role in caring for our parents. There was a lot to learn. I felt we knew far too…

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Meet Susan Cushman, author of “Tangles and Plaques”

By Susan Cushman “The upside of Alzheimer’s; new mother.” (Smith’s Six-Word Memoirs) My mother, Effie Johnson, was second generation Alzheimer’s. Her mother, Emma Sue (for whom I was named) died from Alzheimer’s when she was 87 years old in 1986, in the same nursing home in Jackson, Mississippi where my mother would spend the final…

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Welcome Vanessa K. Williams-Harvey, author of “I Remember”

by Vanessa Williams-Harvey It took years of silence for me to come to terms and let it all out.  Everything came to an abrupt halt in August of 2015.  On that painful and dark day, our mother was ultimately placed in a nursing facility.  We continue to struggle with that painful decision.  My personal guilt,…

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Meet Robin Gail, author of “Dementia or Alzheimer’s?”

By Robin Gail When my husband and I began the long journey taking care of my mother, we had no idea what to expect. We had no experience, knowledge, or help from anyone.  When we first suspected Mom was ill, I began research how to help her travel through the relentless disease of Alzheimer’s.  I found…

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Meet Liza Nelson, blogger of “Alice in Memoryland”

By Liza Nelson Before my husband was diagnosed, I had never heard of MCI. Before my husband was diagnosed, we teased each other about our failing memories. Yes, he was weirdly forgetful, but I was worse at names–speaking of which, on my blog http://www.aliceinmemoryland.com, I have changed our names to Alice and Ralph at the request…

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Meet Malia Kline, Co-Author With Her Sister Diane Stinson, M.D. of “Sisterly Shove”

By Malia Kline When our mama was diagnosed with infiltrating pancreatic cancer and given three-to-six months to live, she was the sole caregiver for our 87-year-old father “Papa,” who was in the early stages of dementia. Over the next 13 years, my sister Diane, a pathologist, and I shared care of them from opposite coasts…

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Meet blogger Terri Anderson, “TheCareGiversDepot”

Sometimes The Caregiving Journey Chooses You By Terri Anderson There are several ways where people find themselves as a caregiver. Some by choice, some not. I didn’t choose the caregiving life. It chose me, but God doesn’t give you anything you can’t handle. I thought to myself that I wasn’t up to the challenge, but…

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