Podcast: Demystifying Alzheimer’s
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Hi everyone. Welcome to Demystifying Alzheimer’s. I’m your hostess, Mary Yamin-Garone.
Since this is my first podcast, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about myself. I grew up outside of Albany, NY. I earned an AAS degree with a concentration in liberal arts, followed by a BA in English and Journalism from the State University of New York at Albany. I served as a general news reporter for The Record Newspaper, a feature writer for the Capital District Business Review and worked as a writer and editor for the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control, the NYS Bar Association and the Cleaning Industry Research Institute.
For as long as I can remember I have loved to write. It was in my DNA. When I was 10, I’d go to work with my father―an editor for one of the local newspapers―on Saturday. I’d stand next to him as we watched the pressmen place the metal pieces of type on the linotype press. The huge cylinders would spin at what seemed like lightning speed to a ten year old, transferring the ink on to the large sheets of paper. I can still remember the smell of the ink and the sight of my father overseeing the “run” with that thick black charcoal pencil tucked behind his ear. (BTW: I still use those pencils!)
If that wasn’t enough, my mother was a kindergarten teacher and wrote poetry. Reading was an important part of family life. We even had a library in our house. Needless to say, it became my favorite room.
I knew I wanted to be just like them. I wanted to be a writer. Writing became my passion. I wrote stories, poems and letters and kept journals. I would write on napkins, matchbook covers, little scraps of paper—whatever was nearby when an idea popped into my head.
I’ve been a professional writer for 35 years now. In 1993, I started The Ys One Writing Service. I provide writing, editing and proofreading services to individuals, businesses and government. You can find out more about my services by visiting www.theysonewriting.com
What began as a part-time venture has evolved into a fulltime business. Instead of newspaper articles, press releases and reports, I’m writing blog posts, website content, eBlasts, e-books even video scripts.
For me, it’s never been work or what I do. It’s who I am. My love for writing and words, along with the satisfaction I get from seeing how my words affect, inform, change, move and influence people, is why I continue to write.
Over the years, my mother has been my greatest professional inspiration.
After she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s I started using my writing to increase awareness of this devastating disease. In doing so, I became mindful of some of the major issues these individuals and their families face. The experience of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming, frustrating, heartbreaking yet rewarding. I knew that firsthand because I was on that journey, too.
Once I had that knowledge, I needed to find a way to pay it forward. I knew if my mother—a former educator—could speak she’d say, “Mary, you have to teach them. You have to share what you have learned.”
She was right (mothers always are).
Now my writing is centered on the caregivers and their families. They are the front line of defense in the battle against AD. Through my work I am letting them know they are not alone.
Thanks to my mother, my writing has a newfound focus and purpose and I know that when my mother’s journey ends she will live on through my words.
That’s what brought me here today. During the past 18 years I’ve learned more than I ever thought possible or ever wanted to know about this disease. I’ve written countless articles about topics ranging from understanding Alzheimer’s, its causes, signs and symptoms, risk factors, treatments, the different drugs available and legal and financial issues to how Alzheimer’s affects your speech and language, the truth about early onset AD, the differences between a memory care facility and assisted living and why you need a dementia care plan.
One of the most important things I’ve learned is that the information caregivers need to know to care for their loved one doesn’t come from doctors or books. It comes from talking to other caregivers, joining support groups and, unfortunately, trial and error.
Through this podcast, I’ll cover all the topics mentioned above—in-depth—and then some. I will share all the information and insight I’ve acquired through my journey with my mother in the hopes of making your journey easier.
Thanks for listening.
Tune in next time to hear how my mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis changed my life.