Author Gives Hope to Those Dealing with Dementia

Caregivers, family, friends and health care professionals dealing with dementia can find comfort and insight into the disease Sunday, November 17, 2-3pm in Marvin Auditorium. Deborah Shouse and Ron Zoglin, of KC’s Creativity Connection, share a positive message during a captivating performance based on Shouse’s book.

Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver’s Journey is a performance of inspiring stories dealing with the complex issues of loss and change, flexibility and acceptance. The stories offer information, hope and a new way to learn about the disease.

lovelanddementiaThis heartfelt talk is personal; Shouse’s mother had Alzheimer’s and this discussion promises to deliver goose bumps and a few laughs. “Our goal is to help people find the joy and connection in the caregiver’s journey through Alzheimer’s. We do so by sharing true stories with a universal message of hope,” Shouse writes on her website.

Central Recovery Press will publish an updated edition of Shouse’s previously self-published book next month. The book has raised more than $80,000 for Alzheimer’s programs and research. Shouse will also donate a portion of proceeds from the updated edition.

Shouse writes the Love Stories column for the Kansas City Star and co-facilitates the Kansas City Writer’s Group. Her writings have appeared in the Washington Post, Family Circle, Reader’s Digest, Woman’s Day Magazine and Newsweek, among others. She has been featured in dozens of anthologies, including the Chicken Soup series.

Zoglin is a professional storyteller who has performed for businesses, universities, and national and international conferences. He is also an antique dealer and appraiser.

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