Category Archives: Dementia

Where the Light Gets In by Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her AgainWhere the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again by Kimberly Williams-Paisley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed reading Where the Light Gets In and recommend the book. I think I wanted to see if a celebrity might somehow have a different experience with dementia than the average person. And largely the pain and struggle is the same, regardless of status. Dementia is cruel and difficult for all. My favorite part of this memoir was when the author rid herself of selfish expectations and learned to connect with her mother in the moment of what was left to share. It’s an “a-ha” moment that I finally reached as well, and what I hope others will discover too as they struggle through a loved one’s journey through dementia. Kudos to Williams-Paisley for showing the reality of this disease and not sugar coating the difficulties.

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Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio Interview December 1, 2016

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio Interview on Family Saga Novel Brought To Our Senses

Alzheimer's Speaks Radio interview with Lori La BeyHeads up so you can tune in and listen to my interview with the fantastic Lori La Bey of Alzheimer’s Speaks about my new dementia fiction saga Brought To Our Senses. You can hear our interview for the first time on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 1 pm CST, or you can listen anytime afterwards right here. Lori and her panel have great perspectives on the topics of the novel and bring up some really good points. Let me know what you think about our discussion! Continue reading

Book launch update for Brought To Our Senses

Brought To Our Senses book launch November 2016

alz-assn-book-signing-benefit-4-11-15-16With the recent release of my novel Brought To Our Senses, I’ve been busy with a whirlwind of book launch activities. Phew, I’ve finally found a moment to catch my breath and would like to share my gratitude for the positive response I’ve received so far.

One of my goals for publication was to give back and help others affected by dementia. I know just how draining and difficult this disease can be, so I want to help those who I know need the support. That’s what I’ve been up to while introducing my book this month. Continue reading

Author Interview with Caregivers Advocate Carolyn A. Brent

Families Must Work Together for Caregiving Success

Brought To Our Senses book signing benefitThanks to elder care advocate Carolyn A. Brent for hosting a fantastic discussion about my new novel Brought To Our Senses on her BlogTalkRadio show Across All Ages. Carolyn and I share a passion for the topic of family unity as it relates to the care of aging parents. Listen to the hour-long author interview here: Continue reading

New Book Brought To Our Senses out today!

Dementia Fiction Saga Publication Date November 1, 2016

Brought To Our Senses: a family saga novelThe date has finally arrived for the release of my new family saga novel Brought To Our Senses, now available from all major online booksellers in print and ebook format.

Hooray! It’s been a long journey to get to this day. I want to take a deep breath and enjoy this accomplishment. The November release of Brought To Our Senses is well timed because it’s National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. This book will speak to those affected by dementia and those charged with the care of aging parents. Continue reading

Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2016

In Springfield, Illinois September 24, 2016

Walk to End Alzheimer's 2016I look forward to the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s in my hometown. It’s gratifying to see people come together in the community for a shared cause—hope for a world without Alzheimer’s. This year I was on the committee to help plan the event too. Thankfully the weather cooperated and the day was almost too warm with no sign of the wicked breeze responsible for the event location name—Southwind Park. Continue reading

The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

The Things We KeepThe Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Really enjoyed reading this one and loved that Anna and Luke lived and loved, even through cognitive impairments and nursing home life. This novel shows living with dementia instead of just wasting away from it, which is such a positive message to share!

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Emma by Jane Austen: did Mr. Woodhouse have dementia?

Emma by Jane Austen got pushed to the top of my reading list after coming across “Jane Austen’s Guide to Alzheimer’s” by Carol J. Adams.  I was intrigued by this editorial suggesting Emma’s father suffered from dementia. Since I adore Jane Austen and have read several of her other novels, I decided it was time to conquer Emma and see for myself if Mr. Woodhouse appeared to suffer from a cognitive impairment.

Emma by Jane Austen book reviewThe gist of the story is that Emma derives great pleasure acting as a matchmaker for other couples. She claims she’ll never marry herself because of her duty to care for her ailing father. Don’t get me wrong, she loves her father and doesn’t seem upset about her bleak prospects. As it turns out, she is revealed to be a poor judge of character who doesn’t understand the romantic inclinations of others, or her own heart for that matter. Harriet gets the short end of the stick too many times thanks to Emma’s meddling.

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National Memory Screening Week 2015

Guest Post by Jean Lee

November 1 – 7, 2015 is National Memory Screening Week, an important initiative to encourage the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. I’m delighted to share the following blog post from Jean Lee, author of the memoir Alzheimer’s Daughter. Jean and I connected on Twitter, and I’ve read and reviewed her touching memoir this year. Take it away, Jean.

Jean Lee on National Memory Screening Week 2015On my next birthday I’ll be 61 years old. Both of my parents died of Alzheimer’s. I wrote about my journey as their caregiver in Alzheimer’s Daughter. Does the thought that I might become afflicted with the disease haunt me? Yes. It niggles in the back of my mind.

I’m lucky to live in a small town and still doctor with a Marcus Welby, M.D.-type family physician. This man has treated four generations of my family; my parents, myself, my children, my grandchildren. Needless to say he knows us well.

After Mom and Dad died, I asked my trusted doctor about my risk. He answered since my parents had not been diagnosed until they were in their mid-eighties it was not really a part of my family history. He reasoned if everyone had parents who lived into their eighties, nearly everyone would have a history. This reassured me, but still the thought persists, especially when I can’t think of a word I want to use, or lose my train of thought in a conversation.

November 1-7, 2015 is National Memory Screening Week, bringing awareness to the positive aspects of screening and attempting to remove stigma. When I visit my doctor for my yearly physical, my blood pressure is noted, I’m prompted to have a mammogram, vials of blood are drawn, I’m questioned about diet, exercise and assessed for depression. All of these are types of screening. Why not routinely offer a Mini Mental to patients at age 60-65 to collect some baseline data? Comparisons could then be made as we age?

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Afire Love by Ed Sheeran

A powerful love song pays tribute to family and tackles Alzheimer’s disease

Afire Love Ed SheeranSharing the album x by Ed Sheeran from her music library, my daughter recently reminded me of the incredible power of music. My husband and I were driving her back to begin her sophomore year of college, and she selected the soundtrack for our road trip.

My daughter has excellent taste in music, and like me she is really into it. Music in our family is not a luxury, but instead a basic necessity like indoor plumbing or electricity . . . or chocolate. I’m a fan of Ed Sheeran too, who isn’t? He’s talented, introspective and sensitive and all that, like another British musician who also makes the female population go weak in the knees. So I was content to hum and tap along to his tunes as the miles and cornfields rolled by.

When the song “Afire Love” started up my daughter announced, “This song is so sad, Mom. It’s about Alzheimer’s disease. Just listen to the lyrics.”

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