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 Miki Klocke, Photographer and Author of “Alzheimer’s: Beyond Caregiving”

by Miki Klocke My Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when she was 56 years old and still working two jobs. I was 33 and became her full-time caregiver. A few years into our journey, when Mom still occasionally had coherent moments, we talked about how difficult this path is and what limited resources there were…

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Meet Marianne Sciucco, AlzAuthors Admin and Author of “Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s Love Story”

By Marianne Sciucco She was a beautiful 86-year old who was very confused when I, her case manager, met with her regarding her discharge plan from the hospital. “I’m so mixed up,” she said multiple times, while her frail but dedicated husband sat beside her with a bemused smile. How had these two driven from Florida…

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Meet Linda Brendle, Author of “A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos”

The Accidental Author by Linda Brendle My goal in life was not to become a writer. I enjoyed writing when I was younger, and I toyed with the idea of making a career of it until I received my first negative review from an English teacher. I don’t take criticism very well, and I took…

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Meet Meg Foster, author of “7 Spiritual Steps for Caregivers: A Path to Meaning and Hope in Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregiving”

7 Spiritual Steps – A Journal to Ease the Way By Meg Foster According to Alzheimer’s International, globally, there are nearly 44 million people that have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. In America alone, there are 5.3 million living with Alzheimer’s disease. 74% of caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias reported that…

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Welcome back, Joy Johnston, author of “The Reluctant Caregiver”

By Joy Johnston Not everyone is born a natural caregiver. Unlike some caregivers who can draw upon their experience as a parent or time spent taking care of siblings when they were younger, I had no such reservoir of caregiving knowledge when my parents fell ill.

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Meet Linda Jenkins, Author of “To Helen With Love: A Memoir of a Daughter’s Caregiving Journey”

By Linda Jenkins After five years in the making, writing this memoir has been one of the most intense endeavors I’ve ever taken on, but well worth it. While I was writing this memoir I discovered how much pain I still had deep inside of me. Pain from some of the experiences. Pain from not…

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Meet Kathi Macias, author of “To The Moon and Back”

By Kathi Macias As a fulltime writer/editor, I was blessed to be able to work at home and take care of my mother during her last few years of life. I was also blessed that even up until her death at the age of ninety, she was clear-minded. Sadly, so many others are not, making…

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Meet Bobbi Carducci, author of “Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver”

By Bobbi Carducci “What’s going to happen to Rodger?’ was the first thing most people asked upon hearing of my mother-in-law’s passing.  Extremely introverted, unable to drive, and not in good health, he’d been dependent on her to care for everything it took to run a home for many years. Fortunately my husband and I…

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Meet blogger, Amie McGraham “Taking Care”

LIFE, REPURPOSED By Amie McGraham The year I turned fifty, I transitioned from a successful thirty-year sales and marketing career to the role of primary caregiver for my mother, returning to the island home of my childhood three thousand miles away. Mom has had Alzheimer’s for the past few years and, while she’s aware that…

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