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, 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 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

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.

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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 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.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Fran Tilton Shelton Shares Her Story in Her Memoir, "No Winter Lasts Forever"

I found Fran Tilton Shelton's beautiful memoir in the top 100 on Amazon. If you are a spouse caregiver, this is a must read. Fran honors her husband, while revealing blunt honesty about his progression into Alzheimer's. 

Please join AlzAuthors in welcoming Fran Tilton Shelton, author of No Winter Lasts Forever; a memoir of loving Bob and loathing Alzheimer's.


Fran shares:

The journey with loved ones who have Alzheimer’s is grueling and all consuming-- physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. I quickly recognized that I wanted people to not only know about this unique journey and I also wanted people to know and remember aspects of Bob in his prime.

You may read the entire post here.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Judith Shone Writes Her Second Memoir About Caring for Her Love in "Did you Hide the Cookies?"

Please join me in welcoming back this week's featured AlzAuthor, Judith Shone,  with her second book, Did You Hide the Cookies?  The honesty Judith conveys in both books bring such comfort to all who are living the spouse/caregiver life.


Judith shares about her love:

I‘ve been his caregiver, his teacher, his mother, his protector, his friend, his cook, his housekeeper, his manager, his coach, his taxi driver, his secretary and confidant, and his partner.  I have felt sorrow and joy, desperation and relief, anger and love, all related to both our behaviours, our responses and the challenges we have passed through together.

You may read the entire post here.