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

the-little-book-for-alzheimers-caregivers_coverBy 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. Continue reading “Meet Celia Koudele, author of “The Little Book for Alzheimer’s Caregivers””

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

sometimes-they-forgetBy 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. Continue reading “Welcome, Rebecca Thesman, author of “Sometimes They Forget””

Meet Cynthia Hamilton, author of “Finding Ruth”

findingruthcoverBy Cynthia Hamilton

It took a life-altering crisis to make me realize that despite having known my mom for 50+ years, I didn’t know who she was as a person in her own right. I had firsthand knowledge of many of her trials and heartaches, but that only gave me a one-sided view of what her life had been like, with many gaps. Continue reading “Meet Cynthia Hamilton, author of “Finding Ruth””

Meet Harriet Hodgson author of “The Family Caregiver’s Guide”

family-caregivers-guide-netBy Harriet Hodgson

If you told me I would write a series for family caregivers, I would reply, “Thanks, but I think you’re delusional.” I would say this gently and go on my way. Although I’ve written about my caregiving experiences, I never thought of writing a series. This is odd because I’ve cared for three generations of family members. Continue reading “Meet Harriet Hodgson author of “The Family Caregiver’s Guide””

Meet Kathleen Wheeler, author of “Brought to Our Senses”

brought-to-our-senses-book-cover-webBy Kathleen H. Wheeler

Why choose Alzheimer’s as the focus of my new family saga novel Brought To Our Senses?

It’s a fair question. After all, Alzheimer’s is argued to be the disease feared most of all. The mind-robbing illness has a bad reputation and a stigma-stifling discussion in mixed company. So why exactly would I tackle such a difficult subject, one so many avoid altogether or shrug off as hopeless? Continue reading “Meet Kathleen Wheeler, author of “Brought to Our Senses””

Meet Krysten Lindsay Hager – How Young Adult Fiction Helps Heal and Educate

By Krysten Lindsay Hager

competingwiththestarAfter my dad passed in the summer of 2015, I was sitting on my couch watching TV when I got a message from some readers asking what happened next for my characters Nick and Hadley from my book, Next Door to a Star. I was in my grief bubble, and this email was a welcome bright spot letting me know someone cared enough about the characters to want to know their future. I thought writing about what happened next might be a way to get my mind off grieving. It was when I got to sixty pages that I realized I might have a book. Continue reading “Meet Krysten Lindsay Hager – How Young Adult Fiction Helps Heal and Educate”

Meet Cathie Borrie, author of “The Long Hello–Memory, My Mother, and Me”

usa-cover-jpgBy Cathie Borrie

In an almost Zen-like poetic form, my mother revealed the changing landscape of her mind:

“Listen, Cathie . . . a bird!”

“What are the birds saying?’

“They’re chirping.”

“In a language?”

“In their language. In an upside down language.” Continue reading “Meet Cathie Borrie, author of “The Long Hello–Memory, My Mother, and Me””

Meet Ann Campanella, author of “Motherhood: Lost and Found”

anncampanellaBy Ann Campanella

In my early 30s, I learned that life can change direction when you least expect it. My husband Joel and I had moved from Houston to North Carolina in order to be closer to my parents. We both had successful careers – he as a businessman and me as a writer and editor. We were looking forward to building a barn for my horse Crimson and excited about starting a family. Life was humming along. Then I had my first miscarriage at the same time my mother began her slow spiral into Alzheimer’s. Continue reading “Meet Ann Campanella, author of “Motherhood: Lost and Found””

Meet Jana Panarites, author of “Scattered: My Year As An Accidental Caregiver”

scattered_coverBy Jana Panarites

On a Monday night in November 2009, I had what turned out to be the last conversation I would ever have with my father.  He and my mother had just come back from a trip to New York and they were now back in our family home in Maryland.  Out in Los Angeles, I paced the floor as I spoke with them.  My career was at a standstill.  I was scrambling to make ends meet.  I didn’t think life could get any worse, but it did the next morning when I learned my father was dead.  Hours after we’d gotten off the phone, his heart had stopping beating. Continue reading “Meet Jana Panarites, author of “Scattered: My Year As An Accidental Caregiver””

Meet Sandra Bullock Smith, author of “Trading Places, Becoming My Mother’s Mother”

TradingPlacesFinal-FJM_Mid_Res_1000x1500By Sandra Bullock Smith

When I first started caring for my mother, I had no apprehension over how difficult the caregiving job would be. I am a strong, capable woman and my mother was gracious, sweet and appreciative. She tended to know the limitations age delivered to her. I tended to know everything. I had siblings who could help me care for her. What could go wrong? The short answer is “a lot.” Continue reading “Meet Sandra Bullock Smith, author of “Trading Places, Becoming My Mother’s Mother””