Judith Allen Shone became a solo caregiver,
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…a role that began three years after her retirement. It is a commitment she fulfills to this day. Her story reveals reflective moments from the unanticipated emotional chaos that emerged while she, alone, cared for her loved one with COPD, Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, cancer, anxiety, and elevated calcium, with occasional mysteries arising.
Drawing from her personal caregiving experiences, Shone lovingly shares how she went from resisting becoming a caregiver to realizing it was a gift. Throughout her stories, she emphasizes the value of having lifeline friends, of being social and finding support. She underscores the importance of finding a local Alzheimer Society office, or an organization with strong dementia training and understanding, all to reinforce her belief that no one should have to walk their path afraid or alone.
Using creative ingenuity, as well as an initiative born out of a need to share experiences with others, she was compelled to unveil the role of caregiver for those who wanted to learn.
Her first publication, the resulting suite, Accepting the Gift of Caregiving, begins with Is There Any Ice Cream? The second book, Did You Hide the Cookies? details stories of emotional periods during the later stages of her love’s memory loss and illnesses.
Shone graduated with a BA in Art from Colorado State University in 1965. Before being a caregiver, this former website designer, writer and art teacher spent over forty-two years in sales, advertising and marketing for exhibit firms and the corporate world in the US and Canada.
She has two grown children, two grandchildren and currently lives with her love and their little dog in Ontario, Canada.