Alzheimer’s Discussion: the Upside to Aging Interviews the AlzAuthors Management Team

Top row: Ann Campanella, Molly LeGrand, Vicki Tapia. Bottom row: Kathryn Harrison and Jean Lee.

Thank you to Molly LeGrand, of the Upside to Aging for this wonderful interview with the members of the AlzAuthors Management Team.

What can I say about the women I work with at AlzAuthors? Jean Lee, Vicki Tapia, Marianne Sciucco and Kathryn Harrison. In less than a year, I have grown to love and admire them so much. Each of them has her own story of Alzheimer’s and caregiving. And they are kind and generous human beings who want to help others in their caregiving journey.

Jean, Vicki, Kathryn and I had such a great discussion with Molly, starting with how AlzAuthors began, moving into our personal stories of loved ones with Alzheimer’s and ending with the value of resources for family caregivers and the solace of finding community.

To view the interview now, click here.

I have become an instant fan of Molly’s, and if you are interested in learning more about the field of aging, please check out her website. She is dedicated to sharing an alternative and more positive side to aging.

For more information on Motherhood: Lost and Found, a memoir about my mother who developed Alzheimer’s at the same time I was trying to become a mom myself, click here.

AlzAuthors provides bestselling and well-vetted books and resources for those dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Click here to read Molly’s post about AlzAuthors on Upside to Aging. And click the photo below to watch the interview!


Brian Kursonis: Early-Onset Patient and Advocate Has a Heart to Help

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Brian Kursonis, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s, and I met for the first time back in April of 2017. He showed up at the memory care facility where I was doing a reading from Motherhood: Lost and Found, a memoir about my mother’s descent into Alzheimer’s. He had reached out to me a few months earlier after seeing some posts on social media about my mother’s illness.

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Trip to Florida, Part IV: The Miami Book Festival

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After packing and saying our goodbyes to Jean and Vicki, Gilda and I drove south towards Alligator Alley. I was excited to be driving across Florida and to get a view of the everglades. My father, a civil engineer for the Army, had worked throughout South Florida on various projects before I was born. The names of towns were familiar to me because I had grown up listening to him talk about them.

Alligator Alley: on the side of the road.

While I felt as if I were home and had hopes of catching a glimpse of an alligator, Gilda’s husband Stu had warned her not to get out of the car because he’d been warned there were large snakes in the area. Gilda wasn’t sure what to do when I pulled over and asked her to take a photo of me by the water. Read the rest of this entry »

Trip to Florida, Part III: An Honorary AlzAuthor

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Gilda joined me in Naples on Thursday night. I had shared with Jean and Vicki how much I loved Gilda, that she was wise and funny, a delight to be with and a wonderful writer. They welcomed her at the condo and into the fold. I had also shared with Jean and Vicki how Gilda often talked about AlzAuthors in her writing classes.

Gilda had firsthand experience with Alzheimer’s. Several female members of her extended family have developed dementia. Gilda was also one of the few friends who had visited my mother during the last stage of her life. Jean named Gilda an “honorary” AlzAuthor.

Jean, Vicki and I toasting. Gilda took the photo.

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Trip to Florida, Part II, An Amazing Author Connection

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Once I made the decision to go to Florida, I felt a magnetic pull through the next several weeks of preparations. Jean Lee of AlzAuthors stayed in touch and shared details about flying, car rentals, the weather in Naples and what to expect.

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Trip to Florida, Part I: An Inner Pull

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Just settling down after a whirlwind of activity … so much going on in November, much of it swirling around the eye of the 10th anniversary of my mother’s passing. I suppose it should be no surprise that my poetry collection, The Beach Poems, was released in November, since it was a group of poems that came to me slowly after my mother’s death. The beach itself returned to me, a place I had almost forgotten; it surged back into my life carrying with it memories of my mother and deep pools of reflection.

The beach surged back into my life, bringing with it memories of my mother.

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AlzAuthors’ eBook Sale in Honor of National Caregiver Appreciation Month


November is National Caregiver Appreciation Month, a time to recognize the long hours, sacrifice, and love all caregivers bring to the task of caring for a loved one with dementia or any long-term illness. In honor of their efforts, AlzAuthors is hosting an eBook sale and giveaway! This is a terrific way for caregivers who are looking for knowledge, guidance, and support to find carefully vetted books to help guide and inspire them everyday.

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