Irene Frances Olson writes both fiction and non-fiction, the latter of which can be found on her personal blog site, Living: the ultimate team sport, also known as Baby Boomers and More. Several of Ms. Olson is also a columnist for Grandparents Day Magazine. Her byline, In Your Corner, appears in each quarter’s online magazine release.
Much of Irene’s early non-fiction pieces focus on a family caregiver’s journey, especially as that journey relates to taking care of a family member with a terminal illness such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and other dementia. Readers simply need to enter a keyword in the search engine found on her personal blog site, and all articles relating to those keywords will instantly pop up for her readers to readily peruse.
Ms. Olson started her fiction-writing career five years after her father’s 2007 death from Alzheimer’s disease. REQUIEM FOR THE STATUS QUO, is inspired by her years of dedicated caregiving during her father’s dementia disease journey. If ever there were an occasion to make lemonade out of lemons, the author’s caregiver experiences certainly qualify.
The primary motivation for Ms. Olson’s writing quest: to open readers’ eyes while ushering support into each reader’s corner.
And who couldn’t use a little more help now and then?
Ms. Olson is on the Board of Directors for AlzAuthors, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strives to lift the silence and stigma of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, through a digital platform and community events.
Ms. Olson lives in Washington state with her husband.
I guess it can be said that my writing career started before I even entered school when, at the age of four, I pounded on my mother’s manual typewriter—jamming keys and tangling ribbons—to produce my first magnum opus. Said MO looked something like this:
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What made that first attempt such a success, however, is that my mother’s encouragement to write that gibberish – followed by her ensuing support – planted the idea that I could become anything I wanted, and she would be there to support me the entire way.
Although my mother never lived to witness my success as a published author, she did witness other milestones in my life: my success as a person who brought forth the best daughter a parent could ever hope for; fulfillment of my career as a legal professional, which later influenced my decision to work in the long-term care (LTC) housing industry, desiring to work with people, rather than legal briefs.
That LTC career in both assisted living and memory care became the foundation for my ability to be there for my father when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2004. Having been exposed to the many twists and turns dementia can take in a person’s life, I was ready to become the personal advocate my father would need during his multi-year disease journey.
REQUIEM FOR THE STATUS QUO was inspired by my father’s and my caregiving journey.
I hope you enjoy and benefit from my personal storytelling experience.
Requiem for the status quo is currently available in eBook form on Amazon. A new print run of the paperback version will be available in Spring of 2019.