I am proud to announce that I am officially part of AlzAuthors! For those who are unfamiliar with the organization, it is a community that has created the web's most comprehensive collection of books and blogs on Alzheimer's Disease and dementia. It is managed by five daughters who have lost a loved one with dementia, and are dedicated to making a difference in one's dementia journey. Whether you are a caregiver, know a family member with dementia, or living with dementia yourself, you’ll find the help and support you need on this site.
This week I am their featured author, so there is an entire blog post dedicated to Jinxed!: Laughing in the Face of Alzheimer's. Below is an excerpt, but the full post can be found HERE on the AlzAuthors website.
"The book’s title was obvious to me right from day one: Jinxed! Laughing in the Face of Alzheimer’s. My mother (whose lifelong nickname was Jinx) and I had laughed together more in the years I spent as her caregiver than during any other time in my adult memory. She got the biggest kick out of the comical voices I used to soothe her fears and prompt her cooperation; my silliness incited her own. Wacky dancing and singing usually ensued. And the family trip we took to Disneyland in her final years – although not memorable to her – was a laugh-filled adventure we’ll never forget. The logistical difficulties of traveling with a dementia patient were by far outweighed by the delight Mom displayed as she enjoyed the wonders of “The Happiest Place on Earth” wearing her pink, princess Minnie Mouse ears. I had a suspicion such lovely caregiver experiences were uncommon, so I enthusiastically committed my energy to writing our story – with no idea what awaited me."