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Turn Your Mess into Someone Else’s Miracle – Tara Reed of Through Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Tara Reed Azlheimers and dementa Caregiver expertIn this episode, Tara Reed of talks about turning a painful life event into a business that supports other people going through the same thing.

When her family realized her father has Alzheimer’s Disease, Tara went into “research mode” to help her family cope – and eventually thrive. She is a natural researcher and organizer, quickly becoming an expert in how to support Caregiver’s who have a loved one going through the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Journey.

Tara Reed Alzheimer's and DementiaShe wrote and published a book resource “What to Do Between the Tears: A Practical Guide to Dealing with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Diagnosis in the Family” that has received acclaim by Caregivers. Interestingly, she found her book being used as a resource in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Groups.

An Underserved Community.

What Tara didn’t realize when she began this journey was the sheer numbers of Caregivers on this journey. 

Every 66 seconds, someone in the US develops Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and for every person with Alzheimer’s, it is estimated that 1-4 family members are involved in their care.

Most of these people feel isolated and unsupported. What Tara was clear about is that she wanted to create a NEW way of supporting Caregivers through this time. This is not your typical “raise awareness” and fundraising for a cure site. This is about giving real resources and support to a very underserved segment of our population. And one that, until a cure is found, will continue to grow.

Tara created a business to support Caregiver through the emotional upheaval into finding balance and control through a difficult time. Her offerings include coaching, online events and workshops, creativity-inspired offerings, Self-Care information and ways to connect for the Caregiver.

In addition to sharing her journey to turning a painful life event into a blessing for other Caregivers, in the episode Tara also shares her top tips for people who want to turn expertise learned through experience into a business.

Find out more about the resources and support at

Tara Reed’s Big Why.

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  1. Rita on June 10, 2016 at 10:52 am

    I think it is wonderful the way Tara turned a painful situation into an opportunity to help other Caregivers benefit from her own very valuable experience. That is real generosity. Great blog Maritza and great job Tara. Thank you to both of you.

  2. Tara Reed on June 10, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Thank you Rita! Knowing I can help make it easier for others has made it easier for me as well… 🙂

  3. Kathy Lundborg on June 14, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Kudos to Tara for turning a challenging journey into something that can serve others. Statistics on dementia and alzheimer’s are staggering. I hope to never need Tara’s services and gifts, but I’m glad to know she is there. Thank you Maritza and Tara for sharing this heartfelt story.

    • Tara Reed on June 28, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      Thank you Kathy and I hope you won’t need my services either but hope you will remember they are here is others in your life need support.

  4. Charlotte Easley on June 14, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Loved this and how to look for the right in all that’s wrong and hard! Thank you both for sharing.

    • Tara Reed on June 28, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      Thank you Charlotte – I have to believe there are lessons in all the challenges in life. 🙂

  5. Lian on June 15, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    It’s so hard to see your parent fade away and lost in the world of dementia. This is such a noble cause and so special. What Tara created is amazing! She did turn a messy stressful thing into a miracle. So very inspiring…. Thank you for sharing this article and Tara with us!

    • Tara Reed on June 28, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you Lian! I don’t want others to struggle to get their bearings as much as I did…

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