Media Appearances

If you are a member of the media interested in interviewing me about The Memories Project blog, family caregiving or Alzheimer’s, please contact me at or If you are interested in learning more about my book, The Reluctant Caregiver, you can use the same contact information. All requests will be responded to promptly. Thank you.

April 2023: I participated in Poetry for the Dementia Journey, an online poetry reading hosted by AlzAuthors.

September 2022: I was a guest on the Rodger That podcast, where I discussed caregiving issues from a Generation X perspective.

March 2022: A blog post I wrote about end-of-life care was featured on The Conversation Project blog.

September 2021: I was featured on Untangling Alzheimer’s & Dementia, An AlzAuthors podcast, where I shared my caregiving story and discussed the financial consequences of caregiving as well as the unique challenges rural caregivers face.

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September 2021: I was interviewed for Bella’s Blog, which is part of the Joe & Bella e-commerce site. Joe & Bella bills itself as “a one-stop shopping site for older adults and those who care for them.” Readers of The Memories Project can receive a 10 percent discount when using the code “Joy” at checkout.

July 2020: I did an interview with Open Caregiving, a project collecting first-person accounts of caregiving from family caregivers.

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February 2020: The Memories Project was featured on Ezvid Wiki, in a video wiki titled, “Organizations Dedicated To Addressing Alzheimer’s.” The video wiki features other organizations that I support, including the Brain Health Registry and BrightFocus Foundation.

January 2020: The national version of the Nashville Public Radio story about home hospice caregiving challenges was published by NPR.  Patients Want To Die At Home, But Home Hospice Care Can Be Tough On Families  includes my experience caring for my dying mother and a link to my essay, Why dying at home is not all it’s cracked up to be.

November 2019: I was interviewed for Author Voices, where I discussed my experience publishing The Reluctant Caregiver.

October 2019: I was interviewed for the Nashville Public Radio series, The Cost of Dying. In the interview, I discuss the challenges that dying at home can create for family members.

November 2018: My caregiver story was featured in a Harvard Business Review article, Caring for Your Company’s Caregivers. The article was written by Caring Across Generations, and outlined what companies can do to support their employees who are caring for family members.

September 2018: I made an appearance at the Decatur Book Festival, billed as the largest independent book festival in the country. While selling copies of The Reluctant Caregiver and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias at the Atlanta Writers Club tent, I had the opportunity to connect with caregivers.

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August 2018: I launched CBD for Caregivers, a website dedicated to exploring the potential benefits of CBD products for caregivers. This is a booming industry and I’m intrigued by the potential that CBD could offer caregivers pain and anxiety relief without psychoactive side effects. A brief e-book on the topic is also in the works. Follow CBDforCaregivers on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

June 2018: I was interviewed by Pat Rullo for the Speak Up Talk Radio Network. I discussed the inspiration for my book, The Reluctant Caregiver, as well as lessons that I learned through my family caregiving experiences.

April 2018: I was profiled on Being Patient, for their Voices series where the family caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s share their story.

March 2018: I was a guest on a new podcast by a caregiver, for caregivers called, “engAGING Conversations.” I talked about caregiver stress among other topics.

March 2018: I was the featured author of the week on the AlzAuthors blog, a community of authors who write about Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

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February 2018: Published an article on BlipIQ, “Understanding Alzheimer’s Wandering and Solutions.”

November 2017: I was part of a guest speaker panel that participated in a discussion about the documentary, Care, which screened at Phipps Plaza in Atlanta, an event hosted by AARP and Caring Across Generations.

June 2017: I was interviewed by Huffington Post senior writer Ann Brenoff for an article about the challenges family caregivers face when their loved one chooses to die at home. Read “When Loved Ones Die at Home, Family Caregivers Pay the Price.”

March 2017: I was a poster presenter at the 2017 Aging in America Conference in Chicago. I showcased Respite Care Share, a concept that was a top 10 finalist in OpenIDEO’s end-of-life care challenge.

April 2014: I wrote a guest blog post for the Georgia chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, to help promote the release of, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias. A story I wrote about my father’s dementia experience, “French Toast,” is featured in the collection.

August 2013: My family’s story is featured on the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative’s website as part of their campaign to inspire people to join the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry.

February 2012: The Memories Project blog was featured on NPR’s Shots blog, in a post titled, “The High Price Of Caring For A Loved One With Alzheimer’s”. My thoughts on the emotional and financial costs of Alzheimer’s on families are included in the interview.

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  1. Pingback: My story will appear in “Chicken Soup for the Soul Living with Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias” | The Memories Project

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