Susie’s Stars will Walk to End Alzheimer’s, please join or donate


Well I’m finally walking the walk and I registered for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in New York City on October 18th and I am Team Captain of Susie’s Stars in honor of my mom, Susan Ann Rivers. For a while I was on the fence about a name; wondering if I should include my grandmother’s name in my team name, yes, no….which all leads to over thinking and then into no movement. I needed to restart and get this train moving forward because time is ticking away.

And so I give you Susie’s Stars. If you would like to donate to my walk and/or join my team, please go to my page link, Or you can read my story below;



Did you know that every 67 seconds a brain develops Alzheimer’s? And that women account for almost two thirds of Americans with the disease and more than 60% of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers.

As a woman and former caregiver to my mother Susan, I saw firsthand how this disease changed the vibrant person I knew, who loved being a wife, mother, and friend; loved working with children as she had in her 30+ yrs teaching career; loved baking, knitting, crafting and helping anyone in need, into a woman slowly losing her ability to know the people and do the things that she loved the most. Each day was a new hello with changes and challenges that sadly ended in April 2012. But my experience sparked me to become a voice, blogger and advocate for those living with AD and for the caregivers to these loved ones.

On Sunday, October 18th, 2015, I will be participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Sign up to walk on my team, Susie’s Stars, and/or make a donation to help the Alzheimer’s Association raise awareness and funds to fight this disease.

Together we can make an impact to wipe out Alzheimer’s!

Thank you for your love and support!


I’m participating in the walk on Sunday, Oct. 18th in Riverside Park @ 97th Street, NYC. The walk ceremony is at 10am and the walk starts at 11am. All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.







Flashback Friday, Winner of Most Influential Caregivers 2013


Hello….I know it’s been a while and as I’ve been planning, thinking, probably more thinking, and writing to-do lists and between yesterday and today while updating to a new blog theme, it has been nice going down memory lane. I was recognized and WON,  Most Influential Caregiver in 2013  by My blog even made the top 20 lists in 2013 and 2014, so I guess I’m not so bad. It warms my heart to be able to be a vehicle of information and support to other caregivers, other daughters and others in the Alzheimer’s world. Yet I admit when I have breaks of silence and brain freezes, it seems as if it takes me forever to post and I feel like I let my readers down. But I truly thank you for hanging in there with me. Here’s to moving forward…





Joanne Woodward is losing memories of late husband Paul Newman


Paul and Joanne 1963 (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Joanne Woodward has Alzheimer’s and perhaps that’s all we need to know. Those of us who are familiar with the disease knows what that means, so description needed. Luckily there are pictures and movies of the iconic actress that will forever keep her in the best form but to her daughter’s it doesn’t matter how many pictures or movies there are because she’s mom and Alzheimer’s is taking her away and making them strangers. And if this article is perhaps the preparation for her and Paul’s fans. For anyone unfamiliar with Alzheimer’s Disease please go here and to learn more about Joanne’s film career, go here. Here is an excerpt from Closer Magazine about the beloved and famed actress.

Joanne Woodward is Losing Memories of Late Husband Paul Newman as She Suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease

“Her health is deteriorating rapidly,” a family insider confides to Closer. “Joanne will occasionally say she used to be married to someone handsome, but that’s it. She doesn’t even remember the love of her life.”

Shortly after Paul’s death from cancer in 2008 at age 83, Joanne began showing signs of distress. “The girls saw their mom becoming slightly disoriented, but they chalked it up to her depression after Paul’s death,” says the insider. But now the disease has progressed to such an extent that Joanne needs round-the-clock care. “She barely speaks anymore and hardly ever recognizes her own daughters or grandchildren,” says the insider. “It’s heartbreaking to see her this way.”

While they know she doesn’t recognize them, Joanne’s daughters — Nell, 56, Melissa, 53, and Claire, 50 — are steadfast in being there for their mom. “Melissa has been a godsend,” says the insider. She even lives in her parents’ former Connecticut home, next door to Joanne. The health care staff keeps all three daughters apprised of any progress, but it’s grim.

For a period, Joanne was being treated at Yale University’s Adler Geriatric Assessment Center, where a drug trial caused her to gain weight, but she won’t likely return. “She is so far gone that they feel she is reaching her end point,” the insider tells Closer.


Alzheimer’s Awareness Night with the New York Mets


On Friday night, June 26 The New York Mets invite you to their 12th Annual Alzheimer’s Association Night. Come out and support the leading organization in Alzheimer’s care, the  Alzheimer’s Association. Cheer on the Mets with family, friends and supporters as they play Cincinnati at Citi-Field.

Purchase tickets online and sit together with family, friends, and fellow supporters in designated Promenade Infield, Field Box, and Metro Box seats. A portion of tickets sold through this online offer will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association of NYC.

It’s also FREE T-shirt Friday and all fans will receive a free shirt upon entering the ballpark.

To purchase tickets go to online here. Ticket prices are:

Promenade Infield $30
Field Reserved $43
Metropolitan Box $105

For more information, please contact Nicole Annese at 718-559-3020 or