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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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 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 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 Susan Soesbe author of “Bringing Mom Home: How Two Sisters Moved Their Mother Out of Assisted Living to Care For Her Under One Amazingly Large Roof”

By Susan Soesbe How do you write an honest story about a real-life tragedy without being so tedious and somber that nobody wants to read it? This was my challenge in writing Bringing Mom Home: How Two Sisters Moved Their Mother Out of Assisted Living to Care For Her Under One Amazingly Large Roof. When…

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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 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 Catherine Hodder, Esq., author of “Estate Planning for the Sandwich Generation: How to Help Your Parents and Protect Your Kids”

By Catherine Hodder, Esq. I was a corporate and banking attorney when my father began experiencing mini-strokes and having difficulty with his memory. We didn’t know at the time he was embarking on a ten-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. And what a battle it was. Even though I was well versed in law and finance,…

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Meet Mary Edwards-Olson author of “When the Sun Shines Through”

By Mary Edwards-Olson I wrote, When the Sun Shines Through, because of my personal journey. I was a caregiver for my mother and watched first hand as Alzheimer’s slowly stole her from us. My mother, Elizabeth Edwards, lost her fight with Alzheimer’s on October 23, 2017. Caring for my mother was a roller coaster of…

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