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/24-7PressRelease/ - FERNANDINA BEACH, FL, June 19, 2008 - Carol D. O'Dell, author of Mothering Mother: A Daughter's Humorous and Heartbreaking Memoir will speak to the Elder Law Attorneys at the Elder Law Section Retreat on July 19, 2008 in Sarasota, Florida. Carol O'Dell will speak at 12:00 noon at the Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater, Florida. O'Dell will share her story of the challenges, frustrations and joys that family caregivers face today.
O'Dell cared for her mother who suffered from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's for 15 years; the last three years were spent in O'Dell's home, while she raise three teens. Her sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant story offers candid insights to the physical and emotional rollercoaster families endure. She will also discuss how to reach families during times of crisis and how difficult diseases such as Alzheimer's impacts the community.
Booklist Review reports that Mothering Mother is a "beautiful rendering of a difficult but all-too-common situation, told with plenty of humor...and much love."
Dr. Barry Baines of Barry K. Baines, MD., Hospice Director and Author of Ethical Wills says, "Mothering Mother documents the daily love, doubts, ambivalence, guilt, grief, and small triumphs that accompany caregiving. Those of us in the Baby-boomer generation will resonate with the emotional roller coaster that many of us have or are currently experiencing, or fear having to face with our own aging parents."
"Carol's prose is both stimulating and soothing, with humor and wit that adds a refreshing breeze to a subject often cloaked in whispers. A welcome new voice to the field of caregiving!" says Jacqueline Marcell, author of Elder Rage.
"Ms. O'Dell captivated her audience and speaks with love, passion and wisdom.
Carol is a competent and personable speaker with a wealth of knowledge," states Stephania Sykes-Burns, Program Coordinator, Alzheimer's Association
About Carol D. O'Dell:
Carol D. O'Dell has been featured on CNN, Fox, television and radio affiliates around the country. Her book, Mothering Mother hit #1 on Amazon under the areas of Alzheimer's and aging parents. She is a family advisor at Caring.com http://www.caring.com/blogs/family-advisor and her syndicated blog at Open to Hope Foundation http://www.opentohope.org is enjoyed by thousands. O"Dell is endorsed by the Alzheimer's Association and Community Hospice of Florida, and she is a requested speaker on Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, caregiving, hospice, family dynamics, writing and women's issues around the country. O'Dell's book, Mothering Mother is available in stores and online.
Carol D. O'Dell http://www.caroldodell.com
Mothering Mother http://www.amazon.com/motheringmother
Kunati Publishing http://www.kunati.com/mothering-mother-memoir-by-car/
Carol O'Dell's passion is to reach families and let them know they're not alone.
Her forthcoming prequel to Mothering Mother is Said Child, which explores adoption, birth and adoptive issues, family and faith, and what it means to belong.
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