Linda Brendle

Linda Brendle

Linda Brendle cared for her mother and father, both of whom had dementia, for 15 years. She began writing in the hope of maintaining her own sanity and of encouraging, inspiring and amusing other caregivers with her experiences.

Linda received her BAS in management and psychology in 1998 and retired in 2007 after 40 years in the business world. She has traveled both in the U.S. and abroad, and since meeting her husband David in 2000, she has done much of that travel by motorcycle and RV. She and David now live outside a small town in East Texas where she gardens, writes and takes an active role in her church.

Linda writes about caregiving, faith and family on her blog, Life After Caregiving. She is also a correspondent with the Rains County Leader and a frequent contributor to Red Letter Christians, the Daily Burnsider, and other caregiver and faith websites. Her memoir, titled A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver's Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos, will be published this summer by Anaiah Press.
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  • Grand Canyon Motorcycle Sweep
    Anyone who loves to ride a motorcycle knows that it is truly the journey and not the destination that is important. Fortunately, my favorite road trip was both an exciting journey as well as some amazing destinations.
  • Five Ways to Write a Memoir Without Being Disowned
    It’s important to know why you want to tell your story. After you have that questions settled, your family and friends shouldn’t object as long as you speak the truth in love.
  • Wheat Belly Update: The Next Step
    Progress in my experiment to remove wheat from our diet is slow, but I’ll make the next steps with a little help from my friends.
  • Wheat Belly Update: Baby Steps
    The first step is to be aware of what is in the food we eat. With the help of friends, I'm learning to plan meals and shop. It's a long journey, but we'll make it one step at a time.
  • The Great Brendle Wheat Belly Experiment
    At my last check-up, my doctor said the only way to lower my triglycerides was to lose a few pounds. Luckily, he said I didn’t have a lot to lose, so I didn’t stab him with a tongue depressor. Then, he suggested I read a book called “Wheat Belly.”
  • Four Ways to Make Moving Easier (or at Least More Tolerable)
    Moving is never easy, and each situation is different, but a little thought and a lot of planning can simplify the process and make it more manageable. Here is what experience has taught me about finding the right mover and packing efficiently.
  • Even Benign Uterine Fibroids Can Cause Troublesome Symptoms
    If I had it to do over again, I would probably make the same decision, but in a do-over, I wouldn’t wait so long to consult the doctor about the symptoms I experienced that last year. My body was trying to tell me something, but I just wasn’t listening.
  • "Alone yet Not Alone" by Joni Eareckson Tada Needs to Be Heard
    When Tada sings, it is not just pretty words and notes but a heart-felt message that comes from her own experience. "Alone Yet Not Alone" may never win an Academy Award, but it has a message that deserves to be heard.
  • Beatlemania Affected Even Small Town Texas
    Mesquite was a sleepy bedroom community southeast of Dallas that was relatively untouched by the outside world, but even Mesquite felt the effects of Beatlemania.
  • Caregivers, Respect Your Parents
    I often refer to my parents as The Kids, especially in my writing. It’s meant as a loving epithet, and it seemed to be accepted as such. But recently I read an article on AgingCare.com titled “14 Phrases to Live By in 2014,” and I began to wonder.
  • Walking the Caregiver Tightrope
    Caring for an aging loved one often involves walking that same emotional tightrope as raising an almost adult teenager, especially if the caregiver is an in-law.
  • Several Ways for Caregivers to Reduce Holiday Stress
    Gary Barg gave some good tips on having a less stressful holiday season; however, some of his tips wouldn't have worked well in my house. For instance, including my loved ones in holiday preparations was definitely not a stress reducer.
  • Earthly and Heavenly Treasures
    There was no hint of complaint in her stories, but her eyes sparkled with anticipation. She'd been doing laundry in cold water, boiling water to wash dishes, and taking cold showers. Not bad in the summer, but not much fun when it's freezing outside.
  • 5 Christmas Gift Fails
    When my budget is limited, I shop the way Mom and I did when I was a kid. I go to a local store and wander around until something jumps out me. But regardless of how you shop, there are always those gifts that simply fail.
  • Mesquite, Texas - Before November 22, 1963 and After
    In 1963 Mesquite was still a sleepy bedroom community that remained relatively untouched by the outside world - until November 22.
  • How to Recognize a Real Biker
    One of the ladies in our Ladies of Harley group wrote an article for the monthly newsletter defining the difference between a biker chick and a biker babe. I never considered myself either; I was just a biker, a real one.
  • Be Creative but Wary when Planning Activities for Alzheimer’s Patients
    There is a moral to this story. Whether baking a pie with your loved one or allowing her to fold your brand new towels, be wary of unintended consequences.
  • Top Ten Ways to Know Fall Has Arrived in Texas
    Regardless of the thermometer or the leaves, we do have our signs of the changing of the seasons.
  • Calling in Hospice is Not Giving Up
    Mom was in the last stages of Alzheimer's when she developed a rare skin infection. She went downhill fast, and I learned how helpful and comforting hospice care can be.
  • One Way to Deal with Caregiver Guilt
    You’re doing a great job. Allow yourself to take the time to realize that.
  • Things an Alzheimer Caregiver Shouldn’t Say – and Things They Should
    Communicating with an Alzheimer or dementia patient is one of the most frustrating parts of caring for them. I've developed a list of things to say and not to say based on my own experience.
  • Both Alzheimer’s and DES (Diethylstilboestrol) Have Long-Term Consequences
    I don’t know if I found the answer to the questions about my birth and my health, but I did find out that inadequate and faulty drug testing can have unintended consequences.
  • Drought Lingers in Northeast Texas
    Even though we’ve had a little more rain this year, the weakened trees are showing stress. By the end of the year, the sound of chain saws will fill the air, and once again there will be a glut of firewood for sale.
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  • A Double Chin May Be a Symptom of “Smartphone Face”
    As if age and gravity weren’t enough, there is now a new factor that may add to the loose, saggy skin between my chin and collarbones. It’s called “smartphone face.”
  • Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease – Part 10 of 10
    Typical aging may cause some of us to develop specific ways of doing things, and we sometimes become irritable when a routine is disrupted, but Alzheimer’s may cause people to carry this irritation to extremes.
  • Caregivers and Heroes
    Becoming a hero or a caregiver is not something a person plans to do. Heroism, in whatever form it is manifested, is often thrust on a person.
  • Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease – Part 9 of 10
    We all sometimes leave an old hobby for a while to try something new, and we all sometimes get tired of work, family and social obligations. But someone with Alzheimer’s may exhibit more extreme signs of withdrawal from social, family and work activities.
  • Warning Signs of Caregiver Burnout
    You may suspect burnout is on the horizon based on what your doctor tells you, what your friends and family tell you, and what your tell yourself.
  • Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease – Part 8 of 10
    We've all made an occasional bad decision, but Alzheimer's patients take "decreased or poor judgment" to a whole new level.
  • Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s – Part 7 of 10
    When it came to misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps, no one could match Mom for originality and creativity.
  • Caregivers Must Control the Car Keys of Dementia Patients
    My biggest conflict with Dad was when I took his car keys. It wasn’t pretty. Having THE discussion about the driving is never pleasant, but a little advanced thought might ease the pain a bit.
  • Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease – Part 6 of 10
    We all have trouble finding the right word sometimes, but people with Alzheimer’s may have trouble following or joining a conversation. They not only have problems finding the right word but they may also call things by the wrong name.
  • Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease – Part 5 of 10
    The evidence that someone is having trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships is not as obvious as forgetting a familiar name or thinking it’s 1985. When Mom began exhibiting this problem, she had trouble reading and walking.
  • Music and Alzheimer’s
    Music allows patients who are normally shut off from the world to participate in enjoyable activities and connect with loved ones. It may also sooth agitation and smooth out other behavioral issues.
  • I'm Grateful to Be a Woman in America
    Roles of girls were once predetermined, but now women can have whatever they are willing to work for and do whatever they have the courage to do.
  • Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease – Part 4 of 10
    Why do warning signs and symptoms matter? There is not yet a cure for Alzheimer’s, but early intervention and treatment can slow the disease and increase your loved one’s quality of life.
  • Caregivers Must Control Medications for Dementia Patients
    Control becomes an issue between caregiver and patient, and my biggest conflict with Dad, aside from when I took his car keys, was when I took control of the medications.
  • Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease – Part 3 of 10
    How can you tell the difference between typical age-related memory lapses and Alzheimer's Disease? The Alzheimer's Association tells you, and my experiences with Mom and Dad show you.
  • Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease – Part 2 of 10
    How can you tell the difference between typical aging changes and warning signs of Alzheimer's Disease? Here's what I saw in Mom and Dad.
  • Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease – Part 1 of 10
    If we had known the difference between typical age-related changes and the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, we might not have waited several years before consulting a doctor.
  • Caregivers’ Top Ten
    Have you ever wondered how to know if you've crossed that invisible line from just being a caring loved one to being a caregiver? Here are ten ways to know for sure.
  • Why Do Old People Have a Bad Odor?
    What I learned about Mom and Dad's poor personal hygiene and poor housekeeping habits and how I learned to cope.
  • Mom’s Stuck in the Stall – Awkward!
    Parenting is never easy, especially on the road. And when the objects of said parenting are not cute little rug rats but rather sweet octogenarians with Alzheimer’s, traveling can be extremely awkward.
  • Top Ten Changes from City Girl to Country Girl
    I'm one generation removed from west Texas farming life. I'm a city girl, but now that we've retired on two plus acres outside a town of 1239, my country roots are showing.
  • I Miss My Mom
    For most of my life, I talked to her almost every day, but after Alzheimer's invaded her mind, those talks gradually lost their meaning.
  • Are Older Teens Immune to the Effects of Divorce?
    Christian was 18, but if I though his near-adult status would shield him from the effects of our dissolving family, I was wrong.
  • The Silliness of Soap
    Soap is basically water, alkali and fat. Do we really need hundreds of versions of that combination to stay clean?
  • Deciphering Medicare
    A quick and somewhat serious guide through the parts and plans and alphabet soup of Medicare from one who has been there.
  • The Part of the Story the Veterans Don’t Tell
    I had heard the facts of David's story, but until last year I'd never felt what lies beneath.

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