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Denise on The Stemwinder: This is a Rebirth

Author Interview: Part II   Denise discusses Irene, the centerpiece of The Stemwinder, establishing boundaries with clients, and how taking the leap to publish her story was a rebirth.         Irene’s story starts off with a near-fatal car accident. What was the initial prognosis after she came out of emergency surgery? DV: No one

Denise on The Stemwinder: It’s Still One Of The Best Kept Secrets

Author Interview: Part I Denise reflects on her debut memoir, The Stemwinder: Stories of a Faithful Care Manager. She discusses the writing process, why the general public still remains largely unaware of what care managers do, and the inspiration behind her work.       Going into this project did you know what you wanted

Stemwinder Review

Here’s the first official write-up from the non-fiction book reviewer world: SMS Nonfiction Book Reviews   The Stemwinder

Parkinson’s: What Everyone Should Know

From The Learning Corp: Critical statistics on the percentage of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s.     Over one million Americans are living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), with 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Many people do not realize that Parkinson’s is the second most common degenerative neurological disorder after Alzheimer’s disease… Read the full article

Excerpt: Elder Orphans

From Chapter 10 — The Stemwinder: Stories of a Faithful Care Manager     Elder Orphans After Bella’s husband died, she was living in their Florida home by herself. Most of her friends were deceased and she really didn’t have anyone (with the exception of her sister-in-law who was her POA at the time). Everyone

Excerpt: Why A Book??

The Stemwinder: Stories of a Faithful Care Manager   Chapter 10: The Gentle Soul Why? Why a book? I’ve gone back, forth, and back again. Sat on the fence of indecision only to be stirred into motion by emotion. Screw it. Why not? I get to tell 3 wonderful stories about 3 wonderful people who

Excerpt: The Stemwinder: Stories of a Faithful Care Manager

Very excited to share an excerpt from my upcoming book, The Stemwinder: Stories of a Faithful Care Manager.   Chapter 2: Dark Swells Along this journey I’ve encountered situations where I unwittingly entered the orbit of some malevolence, like a moth navigating darkness that gets snagged in a hidden spider web. The occasions have been

New Year, New Book!

  Artwork: Dylan Pecora   You find yourself asking, what am I doing here? This isn’t in my job description. Except, it is. Situations you never entertained suddenly become your task for the day. It is from that place where I can really get underneath the term care manager.   Coming in 2019: The Stemwinder:

FYI: New Medicare ID Cards

Important update: Starting in April new Medicare ID Cards will be distributed without social security numbers as a security measure, the Montgomery News reports. The cards will issue a random 11-digit number/letter code. Benefits will remain unchanged. See details at this link  

Depression + Aging Population

Affecting nearly 15 million in the United States, and 350 million worldwide according to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is a mental disorder that can range in severity as seen in conditions such as: Major Depression; Bi-Polar disorder; Manic Depressive illness; and others. This article examines the prevalence of depression among the aging population