Meet Helen Hudson -- Singer, Writer, Author
Helen Hudson's life has been anything but routine and she's starting off in a new direction again - speaking and writing about the importance of caring and attention for family memebers with Alzheimer's. She also has a new album of her own songs, Whistle in the Dark, now available on iTunes and on CD. Her blog, which started off as another crazy idea in 2010, now has readers in more than 50 countries.
Helen was very successful during the1980s as a songwriter, performer and recording artist. In 1990, she was inducted into the Guinness Book of Sports Records as the first person to sing the national anthem at every major baseball stadium in a single season. As an actress, she has performed on stages across the country and made numerous television appearances.
She received her BA from Stanford in Communications and has a MEd from Vanderbilt in Human Development Counseling. Helen is presently a member of the American Counseling Association and certified with the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Check out her book, Kissing Tomatoes, now available as a Kindle download, and a soft cover, and read the recent reviews. Her article, "True North," was published in the April, 2012 issue of Vanderbilt Magazine, Vistas Online: Volume 93, No. 1, Winter 2012.
Her latest album, Whistle in the Dark, is available on iTunes and on CD.
View a slideshow about Caring for the Alzheimer's Patient at Home
Read a Q&A with Helen Hudson
In her bittersweet memoir, Helen Hudson writes about her beloved "Granny Jo," who has Alzheimer's disease. Few newlyweds take in a wife's grandmother after a diagnosis of dementia, but Helen and her husband did. For 13 alternately happy and frustrating years, they cared for Jo, who had raised Helen years earlier when her mother was declared, "mentally unfit to be a parent." Helen Hudson's lively tale of their ups and downs is both humorous and inspiring.