REPLAY: Gincy Heins Untangles Living with a Spouse's Mild Cognitive Impairment artwork
AlzAuthors: Untangling Alzheimer's & Dementia

REPLAY: Gincy Heins Untangles Living with a Spouse's Mild Cognitive Impairment

  • S8E57
  • 59:33
  • March 21st 2022

About Gincy Heins

Gincy Heins became caregiver to her husband at the age of 49 when he was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment, also known as MCI, a neurological condition that causes a slight but noticeable and measurable decline in cognitive abilities. Memory and thinking skills are primarily affected, and there is a very real possibility of future Alzheimer’s or another dementia. At the time, he was just 55.

At first disbelieving that such a diagnosis could befall them so early in life, Gincy set out to learn all she could about the condition and sought support through her local Alzheimer’s Association. She soon became the expert on her husband’s diagnosis and began advocacy work to help others on the dementia journey. This included creating and publishing the book Before the Diagnosis: Stories of Life and Love Before Dementia and becoming one of the co-authors of the series 365 Caregiving Tips: Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers. She's a member of the AlzAuthors management team as an acquisitions editor and finance consultant.

Gincy is an advocate for a full, enriched life and keeps busy with a variety of activities and interests. She teaches classes for older adults at a community college, is a Senior Commissioner for Cypress, California, speaks at conferences and on panel discussions, and volunteers at her public library and with Alzheimer’s Orange County.

Gincy is a vibrant, uplifting speaker with a hopeful message and a smart approach to life with cognitive difficulties. In this episode we discuss how she and her husband grew to accept a diagnosis that typically affects older people, and the power of positivity and active engagement in the face of MCI.

After the podcast

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Gincy appeared in AlzAuthorsLive! Love Stories: Keeping Romance Alive in Dementia Care

Read Gincy’s AlzAuthors posts:

Anthology, Before the Diagnosis, from Gincy Heins: Captures Lives Prior to Dementia

365 Caregiving Tips Series Offers Helpful Information for Carers Everywhere

Start reading Gincy's Books:

Before the Diagnosis: Stories of Life and Love Before Dementia

Before the Diagnosis: More Stories of Life and Love Before Dementia

365 Caregiving Tips: Practical Tips from Everyday Caregiver

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Connect with Gincy

Instagram: @gincyheins

Twitter: @GincyHeins

Facebook: @G-j Heins

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Welcome to the AlzAuthors podcast! We’re so glad you found us. We are the global community of authors writing about Alzheimer's and dementia from personal experience to light the way for others. Join us each week as one of our authors shares their dementia journey, revealing intimate details and painfully obtained knowledge to help others currently on this path. We hope our stories offer comfort and support as we strive to break the silence and stigma surrounding a dementia diagnosis. May one of our authors speak to your experience. For more info please visit https://alzauthors.com.

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    Marianne is a registered nurse, dementia daughter, and author of the novel Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story. She is also a founding member of AlzAuthors and a director and manager. With more than 250 authors contributing to AlzAuthors, there is a wealth of knowledge to share.

    “Our goal is to eliminate the silence and stigma surrounding the most important disease of our generation, estimated to affect 50 million people worldwide,” she says. “We’ve curated hundreds of powerful and profound stories, spanning all disease types and stages through a variety of genres. And now you can listen to these authors tell their stories on the podcast.”

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