Judith Allen Shone became a solo caregiver,
...a role that began three years after her retirement. It is a commitment she fulfills to this day. Her stories reveal 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's book "Is There Any Ice Cream?", Part One in the suite, Accepting the Gift of Caregiving, 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 in darkness or alone.
After experiencing so many unfamiliar situations that she never expected, especially not in her later senior years, she was compelled to unveil the role of caregiver for those who wanted to learn. She hoped her years as a spouse caregiver could give a glimpse of what could be ahead to someone who was as unprepared as she had been.
The second book, "Did You Hide the Cookies?" details stories of emotional periods during the later stages of her love’s memory loss and other fatal 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 Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
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