Island Treasures: The Musician's Daughter

Alison van Schie

Island Treasures: The Musician's Daughter

Alison van Schie

Betsy Haddad is an adult-child caregiver. Betsy’s father, Edward, has been diagnosed with middle stage Alzheimer’s. Betsy describes her caregiving role as being supportive in nature as her mom is Edward’s primary caregiver. Edward is a gifted musician, and you will hear him playing in the background of the introduction. We hear of Betsy’s doting love for her father and the quality times they spend together, including when he plays the piano and she sings. At the end of the episode, Betsy sings “Life is a Cabaret” chosen as a tribute to Edward’s philosophy on life.

About Island Treasures

As caregivers tell their stories they will share encouragement and insights to the listeners who may be in the midst of their own caregiving journey. It is a source of wisdom and empowerment so caregivers do not feel they are alone.

About the Contributor

Alison van Schie lives in Canada and is a caregiver consultant. She works primarily with seniors and caregivers of loved ones who have dementia. Alison has a social work degree and worked as a social worker for over 25 years. The past five years, however, she found her niche working with seniors and quickly learned there was gap in resources and supports for caregivers, which led her to become a caregiver consultant and starting her own business, Alongside Caregiver Consulting.