In early October I went alone on a bus trip with 42 other folks my age, destined for the New England States. I hadn't been on a trip by myself since my husband passed away four years earlier. I sat alone, wondering if I would fit in. I could hear murmuring among some of the travelers, but mostly silence as the bus pulled away from the motel.
The guide stood up, told us her name and welcomed everyone. Much to my surprise, she announced that there was a passenger on board who was a writer who had just had her book published. It was then that my name became a household name among the passengers. The guide then announced the name of my book The Dementia Dance.
Whether I am at book signings, at a church function, the 'Y' doing exercises or a community meeting, I will eventually let folks know about The Dementia Dance. Why? Because the disease touches nearly everyone in one way or another. They don't always buy my book--and that's okay because I just want them to know there is one out there for caregivers who are struggling to help loved ones--but they usually ask for my card 'just in case'. At a small new bible study class this week, a member heard about my book and approached me with, "Can we get together some time soon and talk about dementia? My grandfather has it."
Since my book's inception in 2013, hundreds of folks have attended my book signings, took my cards and told me their story about dementia. These people have a need to talk about it. If they talk to you about it, listen up!!! They are hurting and need an outlet.
There is no cure yet for dementia; therefore, we caregivers muddle along as best we can. My book The Dementia Dance can offer ways to minimize the pain, help with ways to deal with those pesky day-to-day challenges and give some insight on what to expect along each stage. Many of my readers thank me for taking the time to write the book. I can assure them it was my pleasure. Until next time.....................