Book Donations for Caregivers Pour In

Book donations for caregivers…more arrive every day!

Not much makes me happier than seeing brand new beautiful books. But when the books are sent by generous authors, most of whom have experienced the challenges of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, my heart overflows.

About a month ago, I put out a call to AlzAuthors.com, a site of over 160 authors who write books and blogs about Alzheimer’s and dementia. I asked our authors for books that could be given away in a raffle to caregivers at the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Education Conference in Charlotte in August. Since that time, my mailbox has been overflowing with books. Read the rest of this entry »

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My Mother’s Lake: Where Alzheimer’s Fades and Memory Lives

June is National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. It’s also the month of my mother’s birthday. She would have been 99 today. In honor of this special month, I’m sharing this piece I wrote about Mom and the place she loved most in the world. It was recently published in eCareDiary.

For the last 14 years of her life, my mother lived with Alzheimer’s. She forgot where she’d left her checkbook, if she’d eaten, how to find her way to the store and, eventually, even the names of people she loved. Yet, she always remembered the place where she had grown up. Read the rest of this entry »


Summer Solstice Reflections

*I don’t usually post twice in one day. But, it’s the Summer Solstice, so I had a little extra daylight! Hope you enjoy!


I popped out of bed early this morning, so I could get a walk with the dog before the day turned molten hot. I always enjoy my walks, but on the Summer Solstice, I feel an extra sweet anticipation. This day marks a change. The days are no longer slowly stretching toward summer; instead, we have reached the pinnacle, the 24-hour-period where we experience the most daylight during the year. Read the rest of this entry »


5 Things NOT to Do When Your Mother Shows Signs of Alzheimer’s

When I was 33 years old, my mother who was 73 began showing signs of Alzheimer’s. I was completely unprepared for the changes in her. She repeated herself, started hiding things in strange places, lost track of time and became emotional and distrustful. If your mom exhibits these signs of Alzheimer’s, here are a few tips to help you and your loved one. Read the rest of this entry »


A Poem for Father’s Day

Fathers

 

A haze of blue settles over the ocean,

high tide only an hour away.

Sand is soft underfoot, caving

in beneath my steps. Fathers

are heavy on my heart. Read the rest of this entry »


Motherhood: Lost and Found made it to the Best Alzheimer’s Books of All Time

BookAuthority Best Alzheimer's Books of All Time
I’m happy to announce that my book, Motherhood: Lost and Found, a memoir, was named #10 on BookAuthority’s Best Alzheimer’s Books of All Time:
https://bookauthority.org/books/best-alzheimers-books?t=14s212&s=award&book=061591537X

BookAuthority collects and ranks the best books in the world, and it’s a huge honor to get this kind of recognition.

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AlzAuthors Book Sale & Giveaway Starts Today!

AlzAuthors is celebrating our 2nd birthday today and we are so excited!! We are offering YOU the gift of hugely discounted books (some are FREE!) during June 6-12, in conjunction with National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Visit our site to find memoirs, novels, caregiving guides, children’s and young adult titles that will help support you on your journey through Alzheimer’s and dementia. Read the rest of this entry »