Middletown, NY, June 19, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Five authors of Alzheimer’s books have come together to honor Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Sharing their experiences with caregiving through story and memoir they seek to educate and inspire others on this journey.
“There are many ways to become educated about Alzheimer’s,” says Marianne Sciucco, author of Blue Hydrangeas, a novel about a pair of retired Cape Cod innkeepers struggling with the wife’s Alzheimer’s. “Hundreds of books are available to explain it, advise what to do about it, and offer solutions and support for caregivers. However, the knowledge gained through literature can be as practical and useful as any self-help or how-to manual.”
Here are five excellent titles to enlighten and guide those who’d like to know more about this disease. All are available on Kindle and other e-readers, such as iBooks, Nook and Kobo, and in paperback.
In Blue Hydrangeas, Sciucco, who worked as a hospital case manager and discharge planner for many years, attempts to bring consolation and understanding to all who encounter Alzheimer's. “Blue Hydrangeas is a story I wrote from the heart after witnessing the pain and heartbreak of many couples and families struggling with Alzheimer's disease,” she says.
Jean Lee, author of Alzheimer’s Daughter, a memoir, turned her years of experience caring for both parents with dementia at the same time into a resource for other caregivers.
"I wrote what I needed to read as I traveled through the caregiving journey," she says. In Alzheimer’s Daughter, readers journey with the author from her first suspicions that something is awry, then follow her through a decade of heartbreak, sharing in the denial, anger, and arguments over the diagnoses, and the upsetting moves to assisted living and nursing homes, until she is finally honored to hold her parents’ hands as they draw their last breaths.
Vicki Tapia, author of Somebody Stole My Iron: A Family Memoir of Dementia, wrote her story to offer hope to others whose lives have been intimately affected by this dreadful disease, to reassure them that they’re not alone. “How would you cope if your loved one’s mind gradually slipped away?” she asks.
Somebody Stole My Iron began as a diary to help Tapia cope, but emerged as a road map for others. It offers a glimpse into her family's life as they rode the waves of dementia, sometimes sailing, other times capsizing. It provides useful information from experts in the field of Alzheimer's research, personal lessons the author learned along the way, and ideas/tips for managing the day-to-day ups and downs of dementia.
In My Mom My Hero: Alzheimer's- A mother and daughter's bittersweet journey, blogger and author Lisa Hirsch chronicles her relationship with her mother after her diagnosis, and shares it with readers who flock to her blog each week. When Hirsch found out her mother, Ruth, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, her love, appreciation, and caring for her mother was transformed. To her surprise, it has brought her and Ruth closer than they’ve ever been.
“My mother touched me greatly after she showed signs of Alzheimer's,” Hirsch says. “As a long distance caregiver, speaking to her every day by phone, I found myself falling in love with her. I wrote down everything she said so I would never forget it. This is now my book, My Mom My Hero.”
The book tells the story of this mother-daughter relationship through a series of entries from Hirsch’s internationally popular blog. It is uplifting and inspirational for anyone going through the challenging and often lonely ordeal of caring for a loved one who suffers from this devastating illness.
Novelist Maria Hoagland wrote her third book Still Time to pay homage to the caregivers who care for loved ones stricken with Alzheimer’s and dementia. “Medical and family drama are intriguing to me, but it wasn't the unusual that grabbed my attention for this book,” says Hoagland, author of two other medically based novels. “I wanted to spotlight the stalwart courage and strong character that are revealed when someone has to rise to a difficult challenge. I believe we all have it in us to confront our trials, face them head-on, and gracefully endure, and what better way to show that than a mother and caregiver who sacrifices her all for someone she loves?”