No one says that caring for a sick relative is easy, especially when Alzheimer’s disease is involved. However, the day to day struggles of caregivers are often lost in the shuffle.
In the first part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with local author Deborah Shouse and her partner, Ron Zoglin, about her book, Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver’s Journey, and the difficulties she faced while caring for her mother in this kind of situation and how she hopes her story will help others in the same boat.
- Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker and editor. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Reader’s Digest, Newsweek, Woman’s Day, Hemispheres, Family Circle, Spirituality & Health, The Chicago Tribune and Unity. Shouse has been featured in many anthologies, including more than four dozen Chicken Soup books, and writes a weekly column on love for the Kansas City Star. She donates all proceeds from her book to Alzheimer's-related causes.
- Ron Zoglin works with Deborah Shouse, leading personal storytelling and creativity workshops for organizations such as Hallmark, United Way, Americare, International Association of Administrative Professionals, Quintiles and the Kauffman Foundation. Shouse and Zoglin have performed her writings for Alzheimer’s Associations and caregivers groups in the United States and around the world.
HEAR MORE: Deborah Shouse and Ron Zoglin will speak at 2 p.m., Nov. 10 at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library.