The Heart of AlzAuthors: Spreading the Love

As I bask in the glow of a very full week last week, my mind circles in an effort to capture the resonance of what felt like a deeply significant time. In the simplest of terms, on behalf of AlzAuthors, Jean Lee and I attended and spoke at an Alzheimer’s conference, collected and gave away a number of books and invited a group of authors to share in this experience. But it was so much more. Read the rest of this entry »


Caregiver Connections: Bringing AlzAuthor Jean Lee to Charlotte

Ever since my trip to Naples last November (which I wrote about here), I’ve been wondering what it would be like to bring members of my AlzAuthors Management Team home. I’ve grown close to these women, who I’ve been working side by side with in a virtual office for about a year now. We are scattered around the country and beyond (our art director lives in Canada), yet we share an intimacy that’s hard to imagine, if you haven’t been an Alzheimer’s caregiver.

I met Jean and Vicki for the first time in Naples, Florida, last November.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Jean Lee and Vicki Tapia once in person. I only know Marianne Sciucco, Kathryn Harrison and Irene Olson through social media and Google Hangouts. But I feel as if I know their hearts. I’ve read their books. I know their stories, and I know the passion they bring to the work they do at AlzAuthors. After all, who would think that a handful of volunteers would have collected and collated 170+ resources from around the world about Alzheimer’s and dementia? And that’s just a fraction of what they do. Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas in July! More Book Donations for Caregivers!

After spending two weeks at Lake George, my mother’s family home, where I had the incredible blessing of sharing my caregiving journey in a lakeside setting, I returned to a towering stack of packages. As my mother would say, “My cup runneth over!”

Alzheimer’s Books Donated!

These packages were filled with book donations for the upcoming Alzheimer’s Association conference in Charlotte! Each book was written by an AlzAuthor, a writer who has experienced the challenges, demands and heartbreak of living with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia. There are novels, memoirs, caregiving guides and more. Read the rest of this entry »

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, 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 »

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 »

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:

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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10 Signs of Alzheimer’s (and what I noticed with my mother)

A friend of mine recently texted me with a concern that she might be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. I had just been working on this post, so I sent her a link about the 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s by the Alzheimer’s Association.

But it occurred to me that everyone responds differently to Alzheimer’s. I thought it might offer some comfort to my friend (and help others) to read about the specific things I noticed with my mom before she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Read the rest of this entry »