Julie Nielsen is every parent’s ideal daughter. She did everything she could to care for her mother, manage plummeting resources, and find happiness for both of them while facing down Alzheimer’s disease. But she is also a master storyteller who kept careful track of tools and events as their story twisted and turned in the most unusual of ways.
While the book serves as a toolbox for caregivers, sharing solutions to practical and emotional challenges caregivers of the elderly face, it is also a good read that at times leaves you on the edge of your seat. Nielsen is ultimately responsible for the capture and conviction of four criminals who attempted to prey on her mother and were caught on nanny cam in two different settings. Sadly, we learn we must watch for other types of criminals who prey on the elderly and would not be caught. But the more routine lessons she shares are just as important as the surprising criminal ones.
Finding Grace is very much a personal journey, but it provides a needed education for all of us. As Nielsen says, “It’s too late for me to take care of my parents, but I can take care of yours.” Her book will have you at times laughing, crying, and furious, but it ends on a hopeful note that inspires us all to find our own grace in the most challenging of life’s situations.
The book has managed to draw praise and appreciation from early readers and critics.
“This is, quite simply, a beautiful book. Julie Nielsen’s memoir tells the story of caring for her mother through Alzheimer’s disease – and the many practical and emotional challenges along the way. If you are in a similar situation, this book is like a supportive friend who has been there and can guide you on your journey. I highly recommend it.” — Marshall Goldsmith, executive coach, business educator and New York Times-bestselling author, ranked the number one leadership thinker in the world by Thinkers50
“While a practical guide for addressing the challenge of Alzheimer’s, this book is framed in a story about the best in people and the worst in others. It is a touching account of love between mother, daughter, family, and friends, and the tender care of those impacted by this difficult disease. It is a must-read for both its practical advice and loving guidance.” — Tracy Maylett, Ed.D, is the CEO of DecisionWise, and author of MAGIC: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Employee Engagement and The Employee Experience: How to Attract Talent, Retain Top Performers, and Drive Results.
Julie Nielsen is the daughter of a career Naval officer and an elementary school teacher. She obtained her BS in Business from Auburn University, and returned home to the DC area, later obtaining her MA in Human Resources from Marymount University. She has served as the senior strategic HR advisor on leadership teams of private, public, and non-profit organizations, and is now the head of Oyster Organizational Development, LLC. Nielsen loves learning, and chose not keep what she learned to herself.