Untangling Motherhood and Dementia with Ann Campanella artwork
AlzAuthors: Untangling Alzheimer's & Dementia

Untangling Motherhood and Dementia with Ann Campanella

  • S4E22
  • 58:13
  • May 10th 2021

Ann Campanella is a former magazine and newspaper journalist, the author of two memoirs and four collections of poetry, and an AlzAuthors manager and director. Her award-winning writing has appeared in literary journals, newspapers and magazines across the country and around the world, and she has discussed her work on numerous podcasts.

Ann’s first memoir, Motherhood: Lost and Found, was twice named “One of the best Alzheimer’s books of all time” by Book Authority. In 2018, she was recognized by her hometown newspaper as one of the Most Influential Women in her community. She has a degree in English Literature from Davidson College and lives with her family and animals in North Carolina.

In this episode, we discuss her heartbreaking journey to become a mother while losing her own mother to dementia at the same time, the healing power of horses, and the “season” of caregiving.

Read Ann’s AlzAuthors Posts:

Motherhood: Lost and Found https://alzauthors.com/2017/01/18/meet-ann-campanella-author-of-motherhood-lost-and-found/

The Beach Poems https://alzauthors.com/2017/11/08/what-flies-away-poetry-byann-campanella/ 

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Connect with Ann Campanella

 Website: http://anncampanella.com/

Blog: https://fieldsofgrace22.wordpress.com/author/awcamp/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ann.campanella.7

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/awcampanella/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorAnnC

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AlzAuthors: Untangling Alzheimer's & Dementia

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Marianne Sciucco
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Marianne Sciucco is a registered nurse, dementia daughter, and author of the novel Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story, based on a couple she met through her work. It is a testament to the power of love in the face of this heart-wrenching disease. Marianne cared for hundreds of dementia patients over a 20+-year nursing career. She provided care to her stepfather during his dementia journey, and witnessed the painful decline of four beloved aunts to the disease. She's a founding member of AlzAuthors, sits on the Board, and is a director and manager. She can talk about AlzAuthors all day.

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Christy Byrne Yates is a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP), retired school psychologist, author, speaker and coach/consultant. Her book, Building a Legacy of Love: Thriving in the Sandwich Generation recounts her journey as a working mother of two who also managed the care of her parents, both of whom had some form of dementia. Combining her lived experience with her professional expertise in human development, wellness and a strengths based approach to finding solutions, Christy develops content, workshops and coaching to support Sandwiched families. She incorporates meditation, mindfulness and other evidence based mind/body practices into her work. She’s worked with care communities, financial professionals, estate planners and employers. Christy has a master’s degree in counseling psychology, and graduate credentials in both education and school psychology.

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