Stellar Alzheimer’s Resource

As a an individual and a published author who always strives for truthfulness, I would not say the following if I didn’t believe it:

AlzAuthors offers the most comprehensive collection of books and blogs about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia.

And in the spirit of full-transparency, I am on the Board of Directors for AlzAuthors but would not be on the Board if I didn’t believe in this organization’s Mission and Vision:

A community of authors sharing Alzheimer’s and dementia stories to light the way for others to lift the silence and stigma of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

I was recently privileged to lead our entire management team through the legal maze of applying to be a non-profit corporation with IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Almost without exception, our management team has footed every bill that has come our way and we have gladly done so. Blessedly, late last year and early this year, we were on the receiving end of benefactors who believed in our work and generously helped us become a more global presence in the world. Their generosity encouraged us to think bigger.

Alzheimer’s and other dementias seem to be here to stay for now, but so are we. We will endeavor to always fulfill our Core Commitments as we move forward to make an impact in the lives of those affected by a disease that is always fatal.

CONNECT writers and readers by providing easy access to books, blogs, and other resources.

HONOR the personal journeys of those impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

PROMOTE works from around the world, welcoming a diversity of experiences.

ADVANCE the understanding Alzheimer’s and other dementias through collective knowledge.

ENCOURAGE healing by embracing the power of vulnerability, letting others know they are not alone.

Requiem: a story for now, but hopefully not forever

The word, requiem, in the context of my novel, Requiem for the status quo, refers to an act of remembrance as it relates to the subject matter of my novel.

  • Remembrance of how a loved one was prior to Alzheimer’s or other dementia taking over their lives;
  • Remembrance of how the family caregiver’s life has been forever changed when his or her new normal looks nothing like the predictable normal the caregiver previously enjoyed; and
  • Remembrance of how the technique that worked to calm and care for a loved one just one minute earlier must be discarded, while the scramble to discover what works now must begin in earnest.

I would truly love for my novel to become irrelevant. For some books found on the shelves of libraries and bookstores, the treatment of the subject matter has become antiquated. The content itself may still be extremely worthwhile for the reading public, but those readers can no longer trust that what is being presented is current and/or relevant.

That is my wish for my novel, a novel that was inspired by my own experiences as my father’s caregiver. I used literary license to change certain facts, but the storyline for both the primary character, Colleen, and her father, Patrick, and for all the other real-life characters found on its pages, is a direct reflection of the personal and professional opportunities that arose from my involvement with a disease that as of this date, is always fatal.

My suggestion to you and those whose lives have been touched either directly or tangentially by the cognitive issues that occur on the pothole and speedbump-filled dementia highway, is that you purchase or borrow a very readable and relatable story of people like you and me who may never escape a disease that sometimes destroys families, but oftentimes makes them stronger. Requiem for the status quo eBook is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers and only $4.99 for those who are not. The paperback is currently offered on Amazon for under $15.

Please read it now before my wish for irrelevancy comes true.