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 Vicki Tapia, AlzAuthors Admin and Author of “Somebody Stole My Iron”

By Vicki Tapia In 2004, both my parents were diagnosed with dementia, Dad with Parkinson’s-related dementia and Mom with moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Even though symptoms had become increasingly obvious by the time of diagnosis, hearing the words dementia and Alzheimer’s disease really knocked the wind out of my sails. We now faced the stark reality…

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Meet Jean Lee, AlzAuthors Admin and Author of “Alzheimer’s Daughter”

by Jean Lee Both of my parents were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s on the same day. They were in their mid-eighties. I was the hometown daughter, working full time as a third grade teacher. My only sibling lived 1,000 miles away. That sounds like a recipe for disaster, but my far-away sister was my greatest support­­­­‑‑my…

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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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Harriet Hodgson writes a new book, “Smiling Through Your Tears: Anticipating Grief”

Anticipatory Grief: Powerful Feelings for Alzheimer’s Caregivers By Harriet Hodgson After my father died, my mother moved to Florida to be near her older sister. Two years later her sister died, and Mom felt lost without her. To fill her days, Mom went on a variety of trips, often with a friend. One day she…

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Meet Irene Frances Olson author of “Requiem for the Status Quo”

My name is Irene Frances Olson, and I survived being an Alzheimer’s caregiver for family members…twice. My father, Don Patrick Desonier, to whom my novel Requiem for the Status Quo was dedicated, was the first such family member.

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“The Beach Poems” by Ann Campanella

Expressing the Inexpressible through Poetry By Ann Campanella When I was in my early thirties, my mother began showing signs of Alzheimer’s. She was 41 when I was born, so I suppose it shouldn’t have been a shock to see her aging in this way. But it was.

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Meet Celia Koudele, author of “The Little Book for Alzheimer’s Caregivers”

By Celia Koudele The Little Book for Alzheimer’s Caregivers This book was my legacy for the next generation, putting in writing as much as I could about my experience helping caregivers of dementia patients.

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Welcome, Rebecca Thesman, author of “Sometimes They Forget”

By RJ Thesman How a Long-Distance Caregiver Learns to Cope When the memory thief first visited our family, we didn’t think much about it. Mom was, after all, fully capable of caring for herself and she was in good health.

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