What I Learned Today

Mr. R and his wife are contributors to my upcoming book, Love Still Lives Here.

As many of you know, I am compiling stories of families who care for the loved ones with dementia.  These stories will become a book with...wait for it...yes...PHOTOS!   The title is 'Love Still Lives Here.'  

Mr R. may not remember what the month or year is or how long he has been married, but he can sure play the heck out of his harmonica.

Mr R. may not remember what the month or year is or how long he has been married, but he can sure play the heck out of his harmonica.

I met with a lovely couple today who have been married more than 50 years.  Mr. R is 72 years old and has had symptoms of dementia for many years.  He realized that he was having a difficult time being able to express himself in his work as a writer/journalist.  Things worsened for him and he was eventually not able to work anymore.  

When I asked him what he wanted to tell me about himself, he had a difficult time saying the words he wanted to, but he was able to tell me that he knew something serious was wrong fairly early on.  His attitude is so incredibly optimistic, he enjoys playing his harmonica, loves his wife and his dog, and his story is something you'll want to hear!

He and his lovely wife opened their home and heart to me.  Understandably, this was not easy for her.  She is struggling with caring for her husband while trying to tend to her own health issues.  She worries about the future.  She experiences isolation and pain.  She cares for her husband with a palpable love. 

I wish I could tell you more BUT you'll have to wait for the book!  Please leave some love for them in the COMMENTS section below.  

Love Still Lives Here

I am so thrilled to tell you more about Mr. R.   You know this blog post is just a super short version, right?  His wife shared beautiful stories about Mr R before he had dementia, once she was diagnosed and now.  The love is so evident in the images, but you know I can't show those until the book is out!  Love Still Lives Here will be published by November, 2016.  At it's core, Love Still Lives Here is a book about the love in families and people with dementia.  After years of being in reverence of families caring for loved ones with dementia, I realized these stories of LOVE and DEVOTION need to be shared with the world.  These are the stories so rarely heard.  Love Still Lives Here is about the many expressions of love and will certainly entertain, inspire and open your heart.

Elder Remembrance Photography

  In my 37+ year nursing career, I often cared for elders who had no recent photos.  It wasn't unusual to see people in their 80s whose most recent photos were from their 40s and 50s.  When did our later years become a time not worthy of being memorialized?  Sure, elders aren't smoothed skinned anymore, but there is still that light, that smile, that expression that is so uniquely them.  Elder remembrance photography is about honoring our later years, and recognizing the beauty that is still there.  It's about seeing the love that families have for one another-even within the mundane everyday stuff.  It's my mission to bring Elder Remembrance Photography to life!  Watch for E-Books with simple tips about how to take great photos.  Add some stories about your loved one and you've got magic!  Sign up for newsletter for regular updates!