Marianne Sciucco-Writing Her Way to a Dementia Friendly World
Anyone who is impacted by dementia, directly or indirectly knows there is a lot to learn. There is typically a rush on what we need to learn about the disease as well as how to be a caregiver or support the caregiver. There are emotional, physical, psychological and financial aspects to consider and it seems like we need to learn it all right NOW. It’s a heavy job and can last for years and even a decade. The truth is, there are priorities and time, and learning from those who have “been there and done that” is very important. You may feel alone, but the sad truth is there are millions of people who are exactly where you are right now or who have already traveled your path. While the details may be different, the fundamental things are very similar.
AlzAuthors was founded by a group of female authors who recognized the need to provide a central hub for books written to support those on the dementia journey. We are so excited about today’s guest, Marianne Sciucco!
She is a super woman- author, co-founder of AlzAuthors.com, family caregiver and nurse. There is more! She tells the story of how AlzAuthors came about and what they do. This is a must for anyone impacted by dementia or who knows someone who is. Marianne Sciucco is not a nurse who writes but a writer who happens to be a nurse, using her skills and experience to create stories that bear witness to the humanity in all of us. She writes contemporary, women’s and young adult fiction. A lover of words and books, she studied the craft of writing as an English major at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and worked for a time as a newspaper reporter in New England. She eventually became a registered nurse to avoid poverty.
With more than 20-years’ experience as a staff nurse and case manager, she’s worked with countless families dealing with issues related to aging, elder care, Alzheimer’s, and nursing home placement. In 2002, she put the two together and began writing about the intricate lives of people struggling with health and family issues. She published her debut novel, Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story, in 2013 to glowing reviews.
This book led her to become a co-founder and director of AlzAuthors, the global community of authors writing about Alzheimer’s and dementia from personal experience to light the way for others. She is podcast producer and host for Untangling Alzheimer’s and Dementia, an AlzAuthors Podcast. Marianne has written an award-winning prequel to Blue Hydrangeas called Christmas at Blue Hydrangeas and is currently working on A Wedding at Blue Hydrangeas. She is the author of Swim Season, a young adult novel based on her 11-years’ experience as a Swim Mom in club, high school, and collegiate swimming. She has also written several short stories, including Ino’s Love, Collection, and Birthday Party. All of her work is available in Kindle, audiobook, and paperback.
When not writing she works as a campus nurse at a community college in New York’s Hudson Valley. Follow Marianne on her blog MarianneSciucco.com, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
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