One of the major causes about which Writers Who Care became passionate was birthed out of experiences they simultaneously shared concerning cognitive disease. Kenney’s mother and Faith’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s while Beth and Terri’s mother was diagnosed with dementia exhibiting severe short-term memory loss. Also, Terri’s mother-in-law and father-in-law both had Alzheimer’s.
As these women watched their precious loved ones literally disappear, captured by an insidious mind-robbing monster disease, they became enveloped in the responsibilities of the everyday lives of their parents. Life became taxing, emotional, and just plain hard. Clinical books and scientific dispassionate pamphlets about Alzheimer’s did not address the day-to-day experiences or how to handle the difficult challenges in a practical way. It seemed they were walking the journey alone.
Because Dementia / Alzheimer’s touched the lives of these women in dramatic ways, they began chronicling what they saw and learned. Shared stories, wisdom gained, and exposing the corrosiveness of cognitive disease was created in a must-read “HELL NO I CAN’T REMEMBER, I HAVE ALZHEIMER’S” book. The idea of using “words that make a difference” through writing, a different kind of book was born and became the axiom for all other writings thereafter.
The authors wrote this particular book for those currently walking the journey with a parent or friend, but also to prepare the up-coming generation; those in their 50’s and 60’s. Knowing cognitive disease affects 6.5 million people today in the US alone (age 65 and older), it is important to realize that by 2050 that number will triple. Alzheimer’s strikes 1 out of 3 every 67 seconds.
The authors have also written books contributing their expertise, experience and insights into other poignant topics such as the loss of a child, sexual abuse, broken relationships, leadership, how to pray, the aftermath of Alzheimer’s, a cookbook for seniors, historical fiction about women’s suffrage, etc.
This amazing team includes four talented authors Kenney Oldham Hayes, Beth Withers Banning, Terri Green and Faith McCauley Austin. The fifth member of the special group is A.J. Wills, serving as social media consultant.