A Weekly Column On Caring for the Memory-Impaired

Gary Joseph LeBlanc is the author of, “Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness” "Managing Alzheimer's and Dementia Behaviors" and co-author of “While I Still Can.” Also, a weekly columnist of “Common Sense Caregiving” published in the Tampa Tribune and Hernando Today and many other health publications.

Also the author of two fictional novelettes
Shannon's Journey and Profile of a Fisherman.

Founder of the Alzheimer's/Dementia Hospital Wristband Project
Co-Founder of Dementia Mentors

His writings and speaking events utilize his 3,000 plus days and nights of personal caregiving experience to help other Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers cope with the everyday challenges and emotional struggles of caring for the memory-impaired.

Now Available on Amazon
 

      Back Cover Synopsis

Throughout the many years that you, as a caregiver attend to the countless needs of your loved one, or ones, you will lose fragments of your life that may take years to recover. You may come crawling out of your caregiving campaign wondering if there’s any of the original “You” left.

    Is this you?  Are you feeling a little lost, fragile, maybe hesitant to move forward in life? This book was written specifically for you!  We want to help you find yourself again or at least show you ways to reinvent yourself.  We know from personal experience that the aftereffects of caregiving can be catastrophic.

   Our intent in writing this book is to help you open your front door and step back into the world. There is life still out there waiting for you.

Written with
Holly Beth Michaels
Foreword by
Canadian author
Cathie Borrie


My dad and I made the cover of Parade Magazine
and also we got a shout out on the
Alzheimer's/Dementia Hospital Wristband Program

To read the article, click the image below.


Written by Paula Spencer Scott

This is the International logo for Dementia Awareness.
It stands for all types of dementia.
The "Purple Angel" will soon be
coming to a town and hospital near you.
Click on the Wristband Project page for more details.




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Thank you Caring.com for naming me a
Senior Care Thought Leader
Click the link below to read a recent interview with them.
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This poem was written by a dear friend who is a caregiver to her mom with Alzheimer's.

All around us every day are Angels
to guide us along the way.

A caring smile, a gentle hug,
time to take to ease our fear.

Some, we know them, cherished friends.
Most are strangers, heaven sent.
Placed in our midst, at a time, in a place,
to take us through a troubled space.

To calm, and peace and rest and hope.
They wait a while, then disappear.
Moving to ease anothers' fears.
They have not wings or heavenly guise,
They look just like me and you.
For these are Gods angels here, on earth,
 who do His work

With love and care.
Those special people who come our way,
We see them, meet them, every day.
So never pass that kind person by,
For, its one of Gods angels, in disguise.
 

By Bernadette Brady
Dublin, Ireland

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Check out the new page on the website for all Common Sense Caregiving Discussions.
Just click on the upper left tab labeled
"Video Discussions"


The 5th Annual
United Way/Common Sense Caregiving Workshop
was a great success. Everyone left with bundles of newly attained knowledge. I would like to thank Angie Bonfardino of Hernando County United Way.
    I would also especially like to thank John Winans of the Alzheimer's Family Organization and Diana Winoker FTD patient/advocate  for being my guest speakers.
 But best of all, the room full of caregivers that left feeling they are now better prepared to take on their journey.
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