A free guided writing seminar for caregivers.
Before you began this dementia journey with your loved one, could you have even imagined how your life and relationships would change? The tenderness. The pain. The anxiety. The sense of purpose. The loss of identity. The love. Your story is an important one.
Annette Januzzi Wick calls I’ll Have Some of Yours her how-not-to caregiving book.
In her a collection of essays, she shares the mistakes made along the way while trying finding the perfect care home for her mother, who is slipping further into dementia.
The task isn’t simple. Her father dies in the midst of her parents’ transition to Cincinnati. And her mother presents some challenges—like hitting another resident, yelling at an Elvis impersonator, berating her daughter for the thingy’s in her hair.
“How to Have the Talk”
Teaming up with Buckeye Home Health, Annette will share insights into her mother's transition into a memory care community, including how to ease into the family of care, and how to make it last--while you can.
1419: A Love Story
Annette Januzzi Wick and Mark Manley call their once-abandoned 1875 Italianate-style townhome at 1419 Race Street their love child. The couple both lost their first spouses to cancer. Years later, they married and blended families and possessions, but never a home, until they purchased one in Over-the-Rhine in 2012. They planted themselves in the neighborhood through community council and non-profit engagement, walking the streets at night and at dawn and in writing, to connect, learn and grow.
In 1875, Charles Mueller built a home on 1419 Race Street and ran his apothecary out of what is now Nellie’s Tavern at Taft’s Ale House. Charles and his wife, Katherine, had six children, all of whom led diverse lives, though some met with unhappy and morbid endings. In 2018, descendants of Charles and his wife found their way to 1419 Race Street—as guests—and left behind a piece of history.
Annette and Mark will share how they fell for the neighborhood and were later “adopted” by this family of descendants.
WVXU – Interview with Annette Wick and Pauletta Hansel. . March, 2019.
National Society of Newspaper Columnists. What Qualifies as Honorable Mention? April, 2019.
Midlife Boulevard. Five Steps to Creating a Mission Statement of Care, July, 2016.
Alzheimers.net. Transitioning Loved Ones with Dementia, October, 2015. She’s My Mother, December, 2015.
Arden Courts Newsletter. Spring, 2015.
Movers and Makers. Wither the Orchestra Goeth, April, 2016. Makers on Main, July, 2016, Sister in Memoir, February, 2016.
TheCaregiverspace.com. Coming Into Flower, June, 2016, Letting Go of Broken Things, July 2016.
Spillwords.com. The Courtship of Writing, July, 2016.
Erma Bombeck/HumorWriters.org. Erma Made Me Miss My Mother, April, 2016.
Mover and Makers. Freelance. My Final Words on Groceries. 2017. Whither Goeth the Audience. 2016. Makers on Main. 2016.
Cincinnati Enquirer. A Most Precious Gift, July, 1999. Reaction to Toddler’s Death? Inaction, April, 2015.
For a Better World. Poems on Peace and Justice. Cincinnati, 2006, 2015, 2016.