Alzheimer's Daughter

The Story

Alzheimer’s Daughter introduces the reader to my healthy parents, Ed and Ibby, years before their diagnosis, then recounts painful details as our roles reversed and I became my parents’ parent.


Their disease started as translucent, confused thoughts and ended in a locked memory care unit after a near decade of descent into the opaque world of Alzheimer's.

I began writing Alzheimer’s Daughter one week after my mother's death––when I was stunned, realizing Dad had no memory of her or their 66-year marriage.

I write to pay tribute to the undying spirit at Ed and Ibby's core, and with the hope that the story of their parallel decline might be helpful to others.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Meet Laurette Klier, author of Nana’s Books; Sit With Me At Sundown, and Other Nostalgic Picture and Literature Books for Seniors










A few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting Laurette Klier and discovering her wonderful book series called Nana’s Books. One example is Sit With Me At Sundown, Nostalgic Poetry for the Young at Heart. The series includes over a dozen other nostalgic picture and literature books for seniors. These books would be an excellent addition to any senior living community, adult day care setting, and any home in which an elder is being cared for.


Laurette states:

Confounded by the lack of quality reading materials at my mother-in-law’s long-term care facility, I scoured the internet for something stimulating and enjoyable to share with her on visits. It had become increasingly difficult to engage ‘Nana’ who was living with Lewy Body dementia.

A lifelong reader of the Boston Globe and an avid bridge player, word searches and coloring books fell flat with Nana.

Determined to find something to bring in a little joy, and to spark a conversation, I decided to try my hand at creating books of my own...I completed Sit with Me at Sundown, Nostalgic Poetry for the Young at Heart (Life’s Journeys) in a few weeks and was thrilled with the book. So was Nana and the people who lived in her memory care unit.



Read Laurette's featured post on AlzAuthors by clicking the link below: 

https://alzauthors.com/2021/11/09/alzauthors-com-2021-11-10-laurette-klier/


Thursday, October 28, 2021

You'll Laugh and Cry When You Read Ellen Rittberg's Humorous Caregiver Guide: Why Is Grandma Naked?

 Dear Friends,


This week on AlzAuthors.com, elder law attorney, Ellen Rittberg, shares her humorous caregiver guide: Why Is Grandma Naked?


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Ellen writes:

I discovered that there were next-to-no humorous how-to books for caregivers whose parents have dementia, which led to my writing Why is Grandma Naked? Caring for Your Aging Parent. It’s my hope that by sharing what worked for me, the book can help other caregivers and lighten their load, so to speak... What I didn’t understand until after the fact was that being a caregiver for a beloved parent with dementia is like dementia: it‘s irreversible and life-transforming. And whenever I think of Mom, I still smile.



Read the entire post: 

https://alzauthors.com/2021/10/26/ellen-rittberg-why-is-grandma-naked/


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

AlzAuthor, Alex Winstanley, Creates Children’s Book "My Grandma Has Dementia" From Personal Experience

About a year ago, I became acquainted with this delightful children's book by Alex Winstanley, My Grandma Has Dementia. Alex wrote this book based on his own experiences with his grandma. When reaching out to him, he was thrilled to write a post for AlzAuthors.com. I've had the pleasure to speak with him via Zoom. I'd describe him as a heartfelt dynamo. He is creating a series of books to help children understand health conditions as diverse as depression, cerebral palsy and cancer. This book is a must-read for any family needing a resource to explain changes that may be happening with a beloved grandparent.

 

Alex writes:
"This book, and the book series, exists to start the conversation for children and young people about health conditions that are often treated as a taboo subject. As a former teacher, I think it is imperative that children and young people start these conversations from as young an age as possible."


 

Read the entire post here!


Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Read Granny Needs My Help, by Deborah Mills, to Assist Children Struggling to Understand Alzheimer’s

Granny Needs My Help by Deborah L. Mills is a beautiful, touching book for children. I feel so lucky to have connected with this author through AlzAuthors.com.

Please read this book with a child who is wondering about changes in a grandparent. This is such a gentle and positive explanation of the Alzheimer's process.


Deborah writes:

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are not easy subjects to talk about because of the stigma and embarrassment society tries to attach to them. It makes this book that much more of a must read. Let this book spark conversation. Through fun full-color illustrations and a heartfelt child friendly story Granny Needs My Help: A Child’s Look at Dementia and Alzheimer’s helps bridge the gap between child and adult.
 

Read the entire post on AlzAuthors now!


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

All Caregivers Benefit from Debra Tann’s New Guide, The Race of Dementia

I'm honored to connect with Debra Tann through her groundbreaking book, The Race of Dementia. This book examines the disparity of race and poverty as they relate to the health care system and a diagnosis of Alzheimer's and dementia.


Debra writes:
The title of the book serves as a double entendre. First, there is a race for a cure.  Second, there is shrouding evidence that suggest Blacks and Latinos will make up nearly 40% of the 8.4 million American families affected by Alzheimer’s. Hence, it is literally The Race of Dementia.


Thank you for writing for AlzAuthors, Debra.

Read the entire post:  
https://alzauthors.com/2021/07/20/debra-tann-race-of-dementia/


Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Karen Malena’s Memoir, A Bushel and a Peck

I've come to know Karen Malena as a gifted author of  both fiction and memoir. This week AlzAuthors features her beautiful new memoir Bushel and a Peck


Karen shares: 

Bushel and a Peck was born out of the testimony of the survivor, me, the little girl who’d carried loads of anxiety. It became a healing balm to me to write after losing my parents. Yes, what if their story shed to light the stigma of mental illness and the tragedy of Alzheimer’s through the eyes of the daughter who had adored her parents? What if others could benefit from all of the trials we had gone through—the unconditional healing love?

You're sure to enjoy.

Read the entire post here.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

You’ll Love Rebecca Warner’s New Novel, My Dad My Dog

If you happen to be a caregiver to an ailing parent and also a pet-parent to a beloved, aging dog, I highly recommend you read Rebecca Warner's tender new novel, My Dad My Dog.

 

In her post on AlzAuthors.com Rebecca shares:

This is a work of fiction because my dad, who had Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and diabetes, never lived with me.  Dad lived in a wonderful assisted living facility where he received exceptional care. I visited him every day, year in and year out, unless completely snowed-in or traveling. I took him to every doctor’s appointment and was involved in every decision about medical procedures, treatments, medications and therapy. Yes, as his Health Care Surrogate I had duties; but as his daughter, I acted out of pure love.


Please read her entire post by clicking here.