Savoy Bookshop & Café presents a nonfiction local author spotlight featuring spiritual memoirist Valerie Dziengiel, the author of Alone in the Darkness: In Search of Hope; Alzheimer's caregiver trainer Robert E.P. Elmer III, the author of Join the Journey: Care for the Alzheimer's Caregiver.
About Valerie Dziengiel
Valerie Dziengiel is a first-time author who retired from a CEO position in a construction real estate development corporation she and her husband ran for over 40 years. Her memoir provides lessons she learned along her sorrowful journey through grief, which she hopes will provide a path to healing for others to follow.
About the Book: The universe is full of mystical wonders. To the believer, it affords the opportunity to reach beyond simple everyday activities, occasionally allowing a glimpse of what exists on the other side. Alone in the Darkness is such a journey. The author experienced the unthinkable, the death of her husband at a time in their lives when retirement had just opened the door for them to reap the benefits of their hard-working lives together.
Sorrow and isolation replaced the blissful anticipation of their twilight years together, as the author struggled to survive through life alone, while trying desperately to heal her anguish. Her deep emotional turmoil brought about a life changing event, which aided the author's slow recovery from grief to acceptance of the continuation of life and completion of her own journey.
For three nights in a row, she was contacted by a voice from beyond, which awoke her from her restless sleep and directed her to write a book by repeating four simple words: Alone in the darkness.
By following her inspired interpretation of the communication, the author experienced episodes of spiritual writings. She believes they help explain the reason for our life's journey, if only we are open to its message.
About Robert E.P. Elmer III
Robert E.P. Elmer III is a Certified Master Trainer of Alzheimer's Care and a State Certified Senior Care Administrator who has managed four different communities for the care of those with Alzheimer’s dementia.
About the Author: Join the Journey is a collection of articles compiled to help all caregivers of those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and other dementias gain insight into the many do’s and don’ts of caregiving. Using a non-clinical approach, this book candidly discusses the nuances of caring for those with dementia. The book also provides caregivers with a better understanding of this insidious disease and offers tips to improve quality of life for both patients and their caregivers. Stop by to meet the author or ask questions from the voice of radio's Memory Care Minutes.
The universe is full of mystical wonders. To the believer, it affords the opportunity to reach beyond simple every day activities, occasionally allowing a glimpse of what exists on the other side.
This collection of articles is compiled to help all caregivers of those afflicted with Alzheimer's and other dementias gain insight into the many do's and don'ts of caregiving. Each chapter deals with a specific subject and provides caregivers with the unique perspective of a Certified Master Trainer and Certified Senior Care Administrator.