Deborah Shouse Chronicles a Caregiver's Journey In Love in the Land of Dementia
October 31, 2013
Throughout her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's disease, Deborah Shouse sought joy in each interaction, explored creative ways to connect with her mom, and developed new rituals to anchor holidays and celebrations.
Shouse explains what that experience taught her in a discussion of her book Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver's Journeyon Sunday, November 10, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
She is joined by Ron Zoglin, a professional storyteller, and Michelle Niedens, education director at the Heart of America Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, for a presentation that gives insight into a caregiver's emotional and spiritual journey and offers humor and hope to family members, friends, and caregivers.
Shouse is a writer whose personal stories have appeared in Reader's Digest, Newsweek, Family Circle, Women's Day, The Washington Post, and Ms. She has been featured in dozens of anthologies, including many from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She founded The Kansas City Star's FYI Book Club and writes its weekly love story column.
On audiotape, Zoglin has read Even Mystics Have Bills to Pay and The Adventures of the Little Green Dragon. With Shouse, he co-authored Antiquing for Dummies and Making Your Message Memorable: Communicating Through Stories. The two are partners in the Creativity Connection, giving keynote presentations, holding storytelling workshops, and performing their original stories.
This event is co-sponsored by the Heart of America Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, the Landon Center on Aging, Rainy Day Books, and Open Circle. A portion of the proceeds from sales of Love in the Land of Dementia will go to Alzheimer's research and programs.
Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.