Writing Your Memoirs

“We went to a birthday party for our cousin last night, and it was wonderful seeing family come in from so many places. Neal was surprised, and we saw cousins we hadn’t seen in over ten years. We had a wonderful time. Their talented kids did a video and it was sensational.

Talking to the birthday boy, we started talking about writing, and memoirs came up. He said he might go home and try it.

Some of us are under the misconception that you have to start your memoir at the beginning. One of the best ways I found was to separate your life in increments. Could be 5 years, or 10 years, or something in between, providing something happened during that time.

I write in scenes. For instance, when I was ten years old we moved from Brooklyn, New York to Baltimore, Maryland. That was traumatic for me, leaving four grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, everyone I loved, except my parents, who of course, moved with me, actually I moved with them. But you get the picture.

We also talked about Adopt A Caregiver, and they were  very interested in hearing my plans and my vision. As I’ve said, everyone loves the idea. I think it’s easy, doable; and every community would benefit from it, and especially the caregiver.

Who says when you get old you can’t dream impossible dreams. One person can make a difference, and I want to be that person. I want to wipe away the tears, I want to take away the stigma from Alzheimer’s Disease. It is still there, I know.

How can you help? Give the gift that lasts forever, and costs nothing. Ask around your community, find a caregiver, and just start emailing her/him. If you don’t know how a caregiver feels, order my book, Behind The Mask, it is every new caregivers story. Tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene