an exploration of Alzheimer’s through poetry…
the journey continues.

Author – “Communication is key in helping all people touched by, and living with, a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, or another form of dementia. My books of poetry instill hope and understanding by sharing my inside view of an outside reality.”

Nancy Nelson grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and followed her family to Las Vegas, Nevada, in the mid 60’s. Her professional background was working in the airline industry for twenty-six years and in the insurance industry for ten years.

You often will hear Nancy say, “family is sooo very important.” She is nurtured and loved by her immediate family, consisting of two daughters, Michelle and Jennifer, son-in-law, Pete, and four grandchildren, Brayden, Delaney, Rachel Anne and Jack. Nancy also shares her life with many other children she loves, calling them her “bonus” son, or “bonus” daughter.

Since retiring, Nancy begins each day writing what she calls “reality poetry,” family and friend stories and situations she’s encountered. Her moods and thoughts, funny, sad, or inspirational, are raw and alive AND always exhibiting hope and gratitude.

An Author’s Talk About It book review said, “Nancy faces her diagnosis of early on-set Alzheimer’s disease in a unique and powerful way. Her books are an eloquent compilation of her poetry written in the wee and darkest hours of morning channeled to her from someone or something far greater than herself.  Her heart wrenching and profound words will help others ‘breathe courage’ and ‘splash on a smile’ as they comfort those with the disease and those who love them.  With a passion and deeper purpose to alleviate the pain, fear, frustration and shame that’s felt around Alzheimer’s and dementia, Nancy offers a ‘rite of passage through the fog’ within the pages of her two books.”

by Brenda Avadian, MA  –

“Each person I’ve interviewed for this Voices with Dementia column surprises me. Before Brian LeBlanc, who also lives with dementia, referred me to Nancy Nelson, he wrote, ‘We’re all snowflakes.’ Well, Snowflake Nancy made me smile until my face hurt.

Nancy’s life changed when she forgot three words. Her doctor asked her to recall the words at the end of their conversation – part of a memory assessment. Today, she remembers those words as they symbolize her Alzheimer’s advocacy. ‘Blue.River.Apple.’ ”

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