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 called to tell me she was “out West.”
“What state are you in?” I asked.
“I don’t know.” Continue reading “Harriet Hodgson writes a new book, “Smiling Through Your Tears: Anticipating Grief””
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. Continue reading ““The Beach Poems” by Ann Campanella”
By Suzka Collins
Ah… the wonders I found living with my mother in Dementialand. It all started almost minutes after she was diagnosed with progressive dementia. The cause was meningitis encephalitis. There seemed to be no choice at the time. I had to leave my bohemian life in the art world in California to return to a Chicago suburb where my mom was living. I am a painter. This had all the markings of a disaster. Continue reading “Meet Suzka Collins, author of “Wonders in Dementialand””
When Lewy Body Dementia entered my home, the world as I knew it began to shift, and I found myself in a constant state of confusion. My sweet mother, who lived in our home, was hallucinating, her stories and behavior were becoming more and more bizarre, and I had no idea why – neither did any of the doctors I consulted. Lost and alone, I could feel myself becoming a little more unglued with every passing day while I watched the family rules fly out the window one by one. “Wait! I depend on those family rules.” They may not be the same as the neighbor’s rules but they’re mine, they’ve been mine forever, and I’m comfortable with them.
Continue reading “Welcome Peggy Bushy, author of Lewy, Mom, and Me”
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. Continue reading “Meet Celia Koudele, author of “The Little Book for Alzheimer’s Caregivers””
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. Continue reading “Welcome, Rebecca Thesman, author of “Sometimes They Forget””
By 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””
By Pippa Kelly
Before signing off the final proofs of my debut novel I read the manuscript for the first time in over a year and realised that it was not just laced, but saturated, with guilt.
Invisible Ink tells the story of Max Rivers, a young London lawyer who seems to have it all: a beautiful girlfriend, a burgeoning career, an enviable address – but he harbours a secret. Continue reading “Meet Pippa Kelly, author of “Invisible Ink””
By 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””
By 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””