More About Me
As an advocate for the needs of
dementia care partners, I speak
about caregiving issues at events
for family caregivers and elder
care professionals, and I write for
A Place for Mom's blog for
elder caregivers, caregivers.com.
I have consulted as an expert on
Alzheimer's and dementia for
eCareDiary.com, served as a moderator for the Facebook group USAgainstAlzheimer's Support Group, and served as a volunteer representative for the Caregiver Action Network.
For eight years I was a "sandwich generation" caregiver for my mother, Judy, who lived with advanced Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. Mom passed away at age 80 in December 2012. I cared for her in my home, assisted living, a rehab center, a "memory care" facility, and a nursing home. Over that time I came to see dementia caregiving not as a "long good-bye," as it's so often called, but as a "long hello." Being "care partners" helped us grow closer, transforming what had been a challenging relationship as mother and daughter.
I earned a master's in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and enjoy my work as an independent copy editor and proofreader (MS Edits).
For 17 years I have lived with my husband and two children in an intentional community in Upstate New York. I look forward, in 20 to 30 years, to aging not "in place" but "in community."