Resources for National Alzheimer’s Awareness and Family Caregivers Month

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness and Family Caregivers Month. For those who are caring for someone with dementia, I wanted to share a list of resources I think you’ll enjoy from podcasts to books and even a cruise to the Caribbean designed for caregivers and their loved ones.

Zestful Aging

Check out Zestful Aging, a podcast with therapist Nicole Christina. Nicole interviewed me about my memoir, Motherhood: Lost and Found, a story about my mother’s descent into Alzheimer’s when I was 33 and trying to become a mom myself. We also talked about the healing nature of animals, something near and dear to my heart.
If you feel alone as a caregiver, you’ll want to listen to the below shows. Just click on the Zestful Aging link and scroll to the episode you’re interested in.

ANN CAMPANELLA — MOTHERHOOD, LOST AND FOUND

IRENE FRANCES OLSON — HONORING MY FATHER

MARIANNE SCIUCCO — KEEPING A PROMISE

JEAN LEE — “ALZHEIMER’S DAUGHTER”

KATHRYN HARRISON — A HEARTFELT STORY OF LOVE

CAROL BRADLEY BURSACK — CAREGIVING, “IT CHOSE ME”

GINCY HEINS — I WASN’T READY FOR THIS

All of the above shows are interviews with writers who have personal experiences with caregiving. You can find them on the Zestful Aging page. Just scroll down to find episode you want.
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More Podcasts and Blogs
Below is a list of podcasts for which I’ve been interviewed. Each one is unique and has a slightly different focus. I highly recommend all of them. Each of the hosts has a big heart for caregivers.
Agewyz Podcast with Jana Panarites
Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio with Lori LaBey
The Upside to Aging with Molly LeGrand
Fading Memories Podcast with Jennifer Fink
WritersCornerLive with Bridgetti Lim Banda and Mary E Jackson
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Dementia Books and Blogs  

If you are looking for a particular type of book about Alzheimer’s or dementia, you will most certainly find it and more at AlzAuthors.com
This organization has memoirs, novels, caregiving guides, blogs, books for young people and much more available on its site. Look for the bookstore which lists books by category and provides direct links to Amazon. Each author has written a blog post about the story behind his or her book or blog, so you can find exactly what you are looking for. 
I happen to be an AlzAuthors manager, and I’m so pleased to help provide resources to caregivers that were not available when I was caring for my mother. Find the support you need at AlzAuthors.com.
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A Caribbean Cruise Opportunity 
Last but not least, I’m so excited to introduce you to a Caribbean getaway for caregivers and their loved ones. It’s The Second Annual Connecting Circles of Care and Building Bridges of Hope Dementia Caregiver Cruise and Conference on March 1-8, 2020.
Let’s face it, the winter can be bleak when you’re caregiving. This cruise and conference offers an opportunity to get away and bond with others who understand your situation. Lisa Marie Chirico designed this cruise for caregivers with loved ones in the early stages of dementia. Learn more here.
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Thinking of you all out there in the caregiving world and wishing you the best — encouragement, community and sweet moments of connection with your loved ones!


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