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Alzheimer’s is a Rough Journey

I spent well over a decade journeying through the world of Alzheimer’s with my parents.  Along the way, I became passionate about sharing information with others just beginning their own journey.

It is a rough journey, with many unexpected twists and turns.  It’s nothing like what most of us imagined for our future.  Most families end up navigating the journey alone – guarding the diagnosis, keeping the secret, and stumbling through the process.

Winding Roads
Unexpected twists and turns

On this blog, I hope to connect with others who may be dreading what the next day will bring but are too exhausted and afraid to think beyond the present.  My goals are to share the journey, educate, and offer encouragement.

My book, Dancing Around the Chaos, is all about Mom and Dad’s Alzheimer’s experience.  It was a hard story to tell; it’s the real story, including parts that may be hard to hear, but it’s also a sweet love story, a precious gift that we may have missed had we not been on this Alz journey with them.  The link below will take you to the book on the Amazon site.

Dancing Around the Chaos

I plan to publish one or two posts per week and will regularly add news articles, book recommendations, and so forth.  Subscribe below to receive updates from me as the blog grows into what I hope will bring encouragement to many.  When you subscribe, I’ll send Chapter 2 from Dancing Around the Chaos to you.

Thank you for spending time here.  Please accept my apologies for not keeping this commitment to writing and updating over the past few months.  My cancer diagnosis got me a bit distracted, but I believe I’m back.  I’m working on freshening things up here, and getting back to writing!

Please share this blog with your friends and family!

Tracie


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Book

For several years, my heart’s desire was to write this book.  It’s the true story of my parents’ journey through Alzheimer’s disease.  My hope is that it’s a lifeline to those who are just beginning this journey with their family and friends.  It also happens to be a sweet and tender story about love and commitment.

Dancing Around the Chaos

thank you Amazon reviewers!

“It’s a beautiful, moving love story that will touch your heart. The beautiful story of Joe and Reta’s love made me laugh and moved me to tears.  I could not put it down once I started.  It makes you care about the people and leaves you changed when it’s over.”

“When you are living through the dementia/Alzheimer challenges with someone you love, it is overwhelming.  This book captures the realities of the emotions, good and bad, while allowing you to see the joys and blessings often overlooked.  I couldn’t put the book down and the tender love story of Joe and Reta is beautiful.  A must read for anyone looking for ways to lovingly interact with someone suffering from a memory loss.”

“The book arrived on Friday, and I finished it in two sittings…couldn’t put it down.  It is both painful and stressful on an entire family when a loved one is stricken with Alzheimers and/or dementia, leaving us with the mind first and then with their physical health.  Tracie creates an engaging narrative that made me laugh out loud more than once and then, of course, shed tears for her, her family and for my family as well.  You see, my wife and I are on this same journey with one of our parents now.  One more ‘kudos’ to the author, thank you for all the great tips and reference materials in the afterword.”

Dancing Around the Chaos is the sweet story of the author’s parents who both developed Alzheimer’s and her personal experience of taking care of them.  The book is written in a casual, almost conversation-like style that makes you feel like you are talking to a close friend.”

“I laughed…I cried.  Tracie Bevers did an incredible job of pulling me into this heartbreaking, but beautiful love story.  Not only a love story between husband and wife, but also of a daughter’s devotion to her parents.  Dancing Around the Chaos is a must read for anyone who has a friend or family member facing Alzheimer’s disease.”

“I received this yesterday and read it in one sitting.  Highly recommend it for anyone who is dealing with this disease: a caretaker, family member or friend.  Wonderfully written.  I found it both inspiring and frightening since I now realize that our own experience is only at the halfway point in the book.  A lot lies ahead but this helped me prepare for it.  I too worry about who the same thief that is stealing the memories of my mom and her husband will be searching for next?  What a horrible disease but thank you for sharing such a personal journey.  Many will benefit from it!”

“As Tracie has so eloquently said, ‘Our lives are changed forever when someone we love is claimed by Alzheimer’s disease’.  This book is a much needed and honest appraisal of everyday life for those with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and friends.  But truly, it’s a beautiful love story about Reta and Joe, her parents.  Tracie has poured out her heart and love for them.  In doing so, she has given those of us facing this battle a lifeline and a realization, we do not have to do this alone.  People do need and want to talk about their journey with their loved ones succumbing to the disease.  Thank you Tracie for sharing it all…hurt, love and facts to move forward.”

“Sharing the most intimate of details Dancing Around the Chaos gently wraps its hands around your heart and guides you down a path of love and loss that will provide you perspective and lessons you can apply while navigating the dark and turbulent waters of Alzheimer’s.  It is also a terrific read that may help you reframe the experience you’ve already had with a disease that is a thief in the night.  You’ll warm with a smile, laugh at life’s ironies and cry witnessing profound love in the face of a loss that is experienced by too many.  I strongly recommend you read this account in which Bevers allows us into her compassionate and emotional world so we may emerge strengthened with greater understanding.”
Other Recommended Books on Alzheimer’s

Note:  These book lists will change over time.  There are many good books available, but I like to read them before recommending.

Still Alice

Alzheimer’s Daughter

Dancing with Rose

Blue Hydrangeas

Somebody Stole My Iron

Motherhood: Lost and Found

The End of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiving Stories

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

The 36-Hour Day

On Pluto

In Pursuit of Memory

Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

Other Recommended Books

Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence

The Insanity of God

Anxious for Nothing

Don’t Waste Your Life

Heaven

A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23

Every Note Played

Love Anthony

Left Neglected

Keto for Cancer

Grain Brain

 

 

Resources & News

Learning More…

How Music Can Help People with Alzheimer’s

Tips for Dealing with a Dementia Patient Who Doesn’t Want to Take a Bath

Caregiver Stress: Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Ideas for Fun Activities for the Elderly

Dementia – What is it?

Sundowning – Symptoms, Triggers, Strategies

What is Alzheimer’s?

The Alzheimer’s Association

Teepa Snow – A Leading Educator on Dementia

The Dragon Story – Helping Children Understand Alz

Helpful Resources for the Patient

Alzheimer’s Activities & Manipulatives

Adult Coloring Books

Colored Pencils

Baby Doll 

Picture Book – It’s a Zoo Out There

Picture Book – Baby Love

Inexpensive Wireless Headphones

Pill Organizer with Reminder

In the News

Alzheimer’s Added as Qualifier for Medical Marijuana

New Alzheimer’s Vaccine May Cut Dementia Cases in Half

Finding a New Way to Attack Alzheimer’s

Importance of Planning

Alzheimer’s Impacts Countless People, Families

Families’ Best Defense is Early Planning

Stem Cell Research Lifts Hope

Life in Balance

What are the Symptoms of Early Onset Alz?

Yes, Too Much Sugar is Bad for our Health

Life Plan Communities Thrive Through Connectedness

4 Factors Associated with Dementia Risk

New Molecule May Stop Alzheimer’s From Spreading

Top 5 Alzheimer’s and Dementia Questions

Alzheimer’s Patients Remember and Enjoy Music

Facing Financial Reality

Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease Before it’s Too Late

’60 Minutes’ Airs Unprecedented Video Study on the Progression of ALZ

Air Pollution May Cause Early Signs of Alz

Simple Blood Test May Detect Alz

Alzheimer’s Drug Trials Keep Failing

Thought Leaders Want Alz at the Top of G20 Agenda

Lack of Sleep May be Linked

Alzheimer’s Q&A – The Six R’s

Researchers Find Genetic Cause for Alz, Possible Method to Reverse It

Just One Night of Bad Sleep Increases Alz Protein

Scientists Push Plan to Change How Researchers Define Alz

Ketosis and Memory in Cognitively-Impaired Adults

Stolen Memories

Older Adults Can Still Grow New Brain Cells

New Test for Alzheimer’s Gives Hope for Early Detection

How to Talk With Kids About Alz

New Mexico will be Hit Hard in Surge of Alzheimer’s

How to Choose a Memory Care Home

Governor Scott Walker Signs Alz Bills into Law

Aerobic Exercise May Mildly Delay Alz

Is it Alz or Just Old Age?

Pharma Giant Pfizer Pulls Out of Alz Research

PFAC Partners with Alz Association to Make Art Matter

Fit Women Mostly Escaped Alzheimer’s

How Daytime Sleepiness May Raise Alz Risk

Alzheimer’s Blood Test Detects Disease Decades Before Symptoms, Aiding Drug Search

Aerobic Exercise Slows Cognitive Decline

Millennials Struggle as Caregivers

Prevent Alzheimer’s – Start Young

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Study Finds Link Between Physical Fitness and Brain Health

High-Protein Diet Reduces Alzheimer’s Disease Risk in Older Adults, Study Finds

Marine at Risk for Early Onset Alzheimers

The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimers

What is Dementia?

Contact

Please feel free to drop me a note.

I hope this blog brings you encouragement, along with helpful information.  I do so want it to bring comfort to many on this Alzheimer’s journey.

Please feel free to drop me a note…ask me questions, make comments, share your experience and opinions, and so forth.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers a free, 24-hour help line, 800-272-3900.