Through her experience as a caregiver for a premature son, a foster child, grandparents and parents, Nancy seeks to better the lives of caregivers and their loved ones through her writing and speaking. She has written 2 books, issues a newsletter, offers caregiver resources on her website nancyrpoland.com, and is a Community Educator for the Alzheimer's Association.
- Tell us about the featured book. What is it about, and why did you choose to write this story?
A demonstration of ingenuity and strength, Remarkable Caregiving: The Care of Family and Friends features the true stories of six ordinary people thrown into the role of caregiving: a law-abiding woman forced to kidnap a loved one, a man who served as the “relief pitcher” for his best friend, parents of children born with disabilities, a woman born into poverty, a daughter who cares for her dad, and a woman who found her purpose in life becoming a full-time, live-in family member to two adults with Down syndrome.
Not only a good read, but this book is also a teaching tool for groups to learn why it pays to be prepared for caregiving situations. Remarkable Caregiving provides help and advice for caregivers dealing with the stress and loss of day-to-day life. Remarkable Caregiving is a moving collection of personal experiences that reminds caregivers that despite the loneliness and fear, there is hope to make it through.
After I published my first book, "Dancing With Lewy" about my dad's Lewy body dementia, I knew there were other people with remarkable caregiving stories. I thought that collecting these stories and sharing them would give others hope and inspiration.
- Tell us a little about your writing process. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching, outlining, or planning before beginning a book?
Prior to writing this book, I did a significant amount of research on caregiving. Having already published one book, I knew the process, so there was not a lot of preparation regarding logistics. I was fortunate the same publisher, Morgan James Publishing, accepted this book. I came up with this idea in early 2020, during COVID shutdown, and knew I wanted to capture caregivers in a variety of situations, with both adults and children. I asked friends for recommendations on caregivers, and the stories came together one by one. Only one interview was live, the rest were via video. I did the first interview in May 2020, and the final one in November 2020.
- Are there any writers or authors who have influenced your writing? If not, who are some of your favorite writers?
Three authors provided background for my research on caregiving. Both "The Dementia Handbook" and "Dementia With Dignity" by Judy Cornish have taught me a lot. I have also spoke with Judy. "My Two Elaines" by Martin J. Schreiber, former governor of Wisconsin, inspired me. "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande gave me a new perspective on end of life.
- When you’re not writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I read a lot, and am a life-long learner. My website and newsletter about caregiving occupy a lot of my time. My husband and I enjoy traveling, we were able to go on a couple trips this summer, and hope to do more traveling in the future. We also like to watch detective shows, especially the ones coming out of Britain.
- Do you have a website or social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) where readers can learn more about your work?
My website is https://nancyrpoland.com