Mara Botonis

About Mara Botonis

After thirty years in healthcare, working throughout the United States in the senior housing industry, Mara's life and career trajectory was forever changed when a close family member was stricken with Alzheimer's. Eventually, Mara stepped away from a successful career to write full-time, in the hopes of helping others impacted by this disease. Her best-selling book, “When Caring Takes Courage: An Interactive Guide for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers” has been well-received and strongly recommended. Mara continues to be a sought after speaker and valued care partner for families and organizations affected by Alzheimer’s/dementia as she shares her positive and empowering message. Helping families, like her own, that have loved or lost someone special to this terrible disease is her greatest passion. Learn more by visiting her website www.whencaringtakescourage.com or Facebook page or Google+ profile.

Helping Loved Ones with Dementia Enjoy the Holidays

Helping Loved Ones with Dementia Enjoy the Holidays

The holidays can be a time of equal parts sentimentality and stress for any family. But, when you add in a loved one with dementia, those experiences can intensify. Learn more from Mara Botonis, author of “When Caring Takes Courage,” about how to help loved ones have more fun during the holidays. Spending the Holidays with Loved […]

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New Approaches for Dealing with Difficult Dementia Behaviors

New Approaches for Dealing with Difficult Dementia Behaviors

When most people think of someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, they picture a senior with a benign, slightly confused demeanor who repeats themselves. But, there is a whole spectrum of other types of behaviors associated with the disease that most of us wouldn’t describe as slightly or “pleasantly confused” by any stretch of the imagination. From angry outbursts […]

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Alzheimer’s and Family Caregivers Month 2015

Alzheimer’s and Family Caregivers Month 2015

This November, for Alzheimer’s and Family Caregivers Month, author Mara Botonis is sharing a story about honoring family caregivers and remembering those impacted by the disease. Learn more from her story for Alzheimer’s and Family Caregivers Month 2015. Honoring Those Impacted by Alzheimer’s Karen Francis, MSW, CDP, started a “Lights of Love” candlelight service as a […]

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What’s with All of the “Walk” Talk?

What’s with All of the “Walk” Talk?

Author Mara Botonis shares her experience with the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” and encourages others to participate. Learn more from her about the Alzheimer’s walk, and what’s with all of the ‘walk’ talk. Walk to End Alzheimer’s Summer provides a season perfectly suited for making memories. Graduations, weddings, family trips… For most of us, […]

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How Caregiving Is an Honor and a Privilege

How Caregiving Is an Honor and a Privilege

Author Mara Botonis had spent 25+ years in healthcare when her grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Learn about how her life and career were both impacted by her family’s personal account with Alzheimer’s and dementia.   Mara is now an advocate for caregivers and families with the disease, and her book, “When Caring Takes Courage,” focuses on the […]

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