With a Master’s in Clinical Psychology, Lydia Burdick’s career has been in human resources. She is president of her own executive search firm, and communicates about making lifestyle choices that may help minimize risk of Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
Lydia wrote The Sunshine on My Face: A Read-Aloud Book for Memory-Challenged Adults for her mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1998. The idea for the book occurred to Lydia when she realized that she didn’t know if her mother was actually reading or enjoying the magazines she was given to browse through. When she couldn’t purchase an appropriate book at any bookstores, Lydia decided to write an optimistic book with illustrations of older people that would bring a smile to her mother’s face.
“One of my greatest pleasures,” Lydia says, “was sitting together with my mother and hearing her read the words from this book when she had otherwise stopped speaking almost entirely.” Lydia has dedicated the book to the memory of both her parents, Larry and Shirley Burdick.