I learned first-hand that Alzheimer's is joy tangled with sorrow. How? I was a family caregiver for my stepmother-in-law who had early onset Alzheimer's disease. After that, I worked on the corporate side of assisted living for 9 1/2 years.
Because I've been on both sides of the caregiving equation, I can offer you a unique perspective. My goal here is to help family caregivers by sharing the information I learned the hard way.
My credentials include a BS in Journalism and 30 years of communications work.
I hope you find some comfort and useful information on this website.
My Book for Caregivers
I wrote a book for Alzheimer's caregivers. It was published in 2003, but is still available here. You can download an excerpt to help you decide if it's something you want to read.
Many people have told me this book helped them explain the reality of Alzheimer's to their friends and relatives.
"The story grabs your attention at the beginning and it is hard to put it down. After reading this story, I feel better equipped to know what to look for and maybe even how to handle the disease, if it was to hit my parents and loved ones."
"Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit down and read your book. Karen, it was very moving and I didn't get out of my easy chair until I finished. Hats off to you for capturing the important things."
"My sisters and brother live 1,000 miles from here and I feel sorry for them as they will never know our mother like I do. I am sending them your book and just maybe they will learn a little about this disease from Billie."
Adult Onset Running
I hope you'll visit my This Old Runner website. It covers learning to run half marathons as an adult with no prior experience.
Running (or walking) is a great way to reclaim your mind and body (which you lost after not taking care of yourself, because you were busy taking care of other people) at any age.
You'll find running and recovery tips for older runners, reviews of places to run in St. Petersburg, and local race reviews at This Old Runner.
This site is an extension of the book, Alzheimer's Stories. My goal is to offer relevant information to family caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease. This website doesn't pretend to be more than friendly advice. Please consult medical professionals when making decisions about your loved one's health. Please read our full disclaimer. Copyright 2018 by Karen Favo Walsh. All Rights Reserved.