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 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 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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Meet Peter Maeck, author of “Remembrance of Things Present”

By Peter Maeck The experience of writing a poem, play, or story, or creating a photograph, is like riding a train through wonderful, unexpected scenery. When I wake up in the morning I hurry to get to work because I never want to miss that train. My train derailed the morning of my father’s Alzheimer’s…

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Meet Gela-Marie Williams, author of “Green Vanilla Tea”

By Gela-Marie Williams I remember the evening my youngest son came through to me in my bedroom holding a rather dog-eared manuscript of Green Vanilla Tea. I had worked on this family story with my two boys over a few years. I’m not sure how many, exactly. We simply worked on it until we’d tussled…

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

By Krysten Lindsay Hager After 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…

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Meet Judith Henry, author of “The Dutiful Daughter’s Guide to Caregiving: A Practical Memoir”

By Judith Henry What was your motivation to write about your experience as a caregiver? I believe some of our most profound lessons come, not from books, but from being there for people in ways we never imagined. During the six years I was a caregiver for my mother and father, not a day went…

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Welcome Wendy Chanampa, author of “The Unseen Gifts of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia”

By Wendy Chanampa “To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart and to sing it to them when they have forgotten.” This was written by Arne Garborg, a Norwegian writer, and has been my inspiration for many years. Even though I have worked with people with dementia most of…

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Meet author and Alzheimer’s caregiver advocate, Joy Johnston

By Joy Johnston I write about Alzheimer’s because my father’s experience with the disease turned me into an advocate, not just for those with Alzheimer’s, but for their caregivers as well. My father lived with Alzheimer’s disease for about four years. In that time, my father went

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