Creative Contributions

Are you a budding poet, artist, songwriter, etc.? We invite you to consider tapping your creative flair to express your feelings about your caregiving journey—and sharing your works with others who visit Care Crossroads. Click here to submit your creative contribution for possible posting on this site.

 
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Jeana Potthoff and Richard Roman—musical artists who composed the song “Hiding from the Rain” after experiencing dementia in their families. Potthoff, of Lincoln, NE, had grandparents with Alzheimer’s disease, and Roman, of North Canton, OH, experienced dementia first-hand with his dad, who passed away in 2005. After writing the lyrics, Roman depicted the song as a video that likewise tells the story of a caregiver who loses a loved one to Alzheimer’s disease. The songwriters are promoting the song and film to raise funds for various Alzheimer’s organizations, including the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. “We hope the song will touch people’s hearts and move them to support organizations working on a cure and providing services to the caregivers,” says Roman, Click here to watch the video.

 
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CharleAnne Pugh Sher —an Atlanta resident whose mother, Nila Anne Guinn Pugh, lived in CharleAnne’s house with Alzheimer’s disease for four years.  After Nila suffered a fall and broke her right hip, she never regained the ability to walk, and progressed from assisted living to a personal care home to a nursing home. CharleAnne visited her every day at dinner time, and one evening noticed how physically tiny she had become…like she had "melted." A weekly support group at CharleAnne’s local church helped her to cope and learn not only about Alzheimer’s disease, but about other people—and ultimately herself.  “You are the one who must change, accept and adapt as your loved one melts away,” she suggests. Her mom passed away January 15, 2011.

 
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Mary Andresen —a caregiver in Big Bear, CA who recently formed a local support group to serve as a beacon of hope for her and other caregivers in the area. This poem was inspired by the experiences of one of the members of her group.

 
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Lisa Bader—a former massage teacher whose father passed away from dementia more than four years ago. She was inspired to write this poem after looking at emotionally-charged blogs and photos about her friend’s dad who has Alzheimer’s disease.

 
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Paula McQueen —a Los Angeles resident whose husband, Al, had early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and passed away in August 2011.  The couple met when Paula was 24,  and they were married for 35 years. Paula viewed Al as “my teacher in life.” A long-time writer, the former caregiver has penned multiple poems, including “Widow-In-Limbo,” regarding her experiences with what she calls “the deadly demon.”

 
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Claire Boylan —a former “sandwich generation” caregiver in Westchester County, NY who shared caregiving responsibilities (with her brother and aunts) for her mother, who had multi-infarct dementia, while she and her husband were also raising their own children. The experience of constantly being pulled between her role as a daughter and her responsibilities to her mother made such an impression on Boylan that she wrote a play about it called “Which Way to Turn.” In the following scene that illustrates the dilemma of the sandwich generation, a young couple, Kate and Michael, are attending their daughter Elaine’s softball game and talking with Kate’s friend, Susie, about their situation. “I hope, when reading it, caregivers can take comfort in the fact that others have stood in their shoes,” notes Boylan.