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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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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Meet blogger and author, Heidi Hess Saxton

By Heidi Hess Saxton When the Unthinkable Becomes Inevitable: The Awful Dawn of Dementia Up to this point in my life, most of my blogging has been for parents of adopted, foster, or special needs children. Back in 2002, when my husband and I first became foster parents (and later adoptive parents), we really had…

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Meet Author & Blogger Lisa Hirsch and Her New Release “Letter to My Mom”

By Lisa Hirsch My mom has had Alzheimer’s disease for 14 long years. Out of her suffering from this disease not only was my love for her transformed, she also became my hero. My love and compassion for her inspired me to share our journey. What is amazing was that as a teenager I always…

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Meet Vina Mogg, Alzheimer’s Blogger at “Seaglasslife.com”

By Vina Mogg Not Alone At a caregiver’s conference in Orlando I read a poem I had written during the opening assembly. Three things that happened there marked my writing journey. A Florida State Representative, Mark Pfaford, key advocate for the Florida’s Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (ADI), a bill that provides services to meet the needs…

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Meet Barbara Ivey, author of the blog, The Perfect Thing

By Barbara Ivey – I never cared for my mother during her Alzheimer’s. My dad considered Mom’s care to be his duty as her husband. To Dad’s credit, he took full command of Mom’s care and served her with honor. Still, from the start, I knew there were ways I could contribute.  My challenge was…

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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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