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I maintain a blog, Salmon Salad and Mozart: A Dementia Caregiver's Journal, http://salmonsaladandmozart.com, and have published a book, based on my blog, about my caregiving experiences, titled "Begins the Night Music: A Dementia Caregiver's Journal, Volume I", by Samantha Mozart, my pen name. In the next few weeks I will be publishing Volume II -- "To What Green Altar." These books are available in paperback and e-book format at Amazon.com and at Smashwords and Barnes & Noble online.
At my blog you will land on my home page. Links to new posts are listed in the left sidebar. You can sign up for notification of new posts in the right sidebar. Feel free to pad around in there, rummage through the posts, listen to some music -- and you might even encounter The Phantom of My Blog, Moriarty.
I fell backwards into caregiving and was traveling in the dark all the way. So, my books and my blog are more of a "how not-to" than a "how-to."
In March 2012, I founded a caregiver's support group, open to any caregiver who wants to tell her story, under "Women Writing for (a) Change" on Linkedin, comprised of members from around the world. This discussion board is highly successful. To date we have received 6,300 comments. When you are a caregiver, you are alone, no matter how much help you may have: No one wants to listen to a caregiver. Our discussion board provides that forum, and we listen and support unconditionally. It's a good place to vent, and that a caregiver needs to do. We offer advice based on our own experiences. Our group title (question) is:
"Caregivers: What are your experiences? As a sole caregiver for my mother, 97, who has dementia, I find caregiving to be spiritually life changing, among other things."
I also speak about caregiving and dementia to caregivers' groups and senior centers.
Samantha Mozart (Carol Child)