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Publisher: Springboard Press
Pub. Date: August 6, 2009
ISBN-13: 978-0446699709

Measure of the Heart featured in O Magazine, read the article, Wired for Sound by Oliver Sacks, MD here.

Are you interested in making the world a better place by spreading the word and getting involved in the healing power of music, especially when it can help people living with Alzheimer's disease? Are you a musician, and in particular, an a cappella singer? For published references on music therapy most likely to engage people living with Alzheimer's, sources of vocal groups near you, ideas on getting started, etc., please contact Bart at with 'Alz' in the subject line.
WMUK 102.1 FM | October 11, 2012
Listen to Mary Ellen Geist's interview discussing putting her career on hold to care for father with Alzheimer's disease.

Washington Times | Feb 22, 2012
Read Mary Ellen Geist's article "Glen Campbell: Alzheimer‘s can‘t silence the music"

Jordan Levy Show | May 23, 2011
Mary Ellen Geist gave an interview on the Jordan Levy Show on WTAG radio in Worcester, MA for her upcoming speech for the Chamber of Commerce.

BeLight, The Ezine of Kalamzoo College | September 15, 2010
A profile of Mary Ellen Geist, Heart Measures by Kaye Bennett

Interlochen Public Radio | June 24, 2010
This month on Michigan Writers on the Air Mary Ellen Geist will talk about her book, Measure of the Heart: A Father's Alzhiemer's, A Daughter's Return.

Northern Express | April 26, 2010
Read about Mary Ellen Geist in this article, "Northern Muse: Petoskey's literary scene", by Elizabeth Buzzelli.

Commitment | February 2010
Mary Ellen Geist discusses how caring for her father has changed her life, and how she and her mother have found ways to help her father to feel needed despite Alzheimer's. Read the interview on

WGVU Morning Show | November 4, 2009
Mary Ellen Geist returns to TMS to talk about her latest release in paperback, Measurer of the Heart, and her presentation at the Grand Rapids Public Library.

Bill Handel radio show | October 6, 2009
Mary Ellen Geist was on the Bill Handel radio show on KFI in L.A.

Good Day L.A. | October 5, 2009
Mary Ellen Geist appeared on "Good Day L.A." with Steve Edwards, Dorothy Lucey and Jillian Reynolds. She spoke about her appearance at "Women and Words". Good Day L.A. is a program on Fox TV.

Preserving Your Memory Magazine - Saving Time, Savoring Fall | September 2009
In our cover story, journalist Mary Ellen Geist explains how she decided to redeem her time. She left a successful career in news broadcasting to become a caregiver for her father in his time of need, and what she is still learning from that process. Click here »

Ucross Foundation | May 27 - June 12, 2009
Mary Ellen Geist will be at the writer's retreat called Ucross Foundation in Sheridan, Wyoming from May 27th to June 12th.

HBO | May 10, 2009
Mary Ellen's father, Woody Geist, was featured in a May 10th HBO documentary executive produced by Maria Shriver called The Alzheimer's Project: The Memory Loss Tapes. For more information, go to

Prevention Magazine | April 2009
Mary Ellen Geist wrote My Father's Musical Lifeline an article that is featured in the April 2009 issue of Prevention Magazine.

You can read it online at | March 26, 2009
Mary Ellen Geist is featured on Mittenlit, a website all about books and authors with a tie to Michigan. You can read the story online here.

23rd annual MetLife Foundation Awards for Medical Research | February 18, 2009
Mary Ellen Geist will be the keynote speaker at the 23rd annual MetLife Foundation Awards for Medical Research, which is being held in Washington, D.C. She will speak about her own family caregiving experience with Alzheimer's that argues for research, information and education, and an understanding of the pressures on family life.

This year, the annual awards ceremony recognizes two prominent researchers who have made significant contributions to furthering our understanding Alzheimer's, and will also consist of a luncheon awards event as well as a scientific briefing by the winners. The event is an example of MetLife's ongoing commitment to Alzheimer's research and healthy aging: since 1986, MetLife Foundation has awarded more than $11.5 million dollars in personal prizes and grants to over 60 prominent scientists who have made their mark in the area of Alzheimer's research.

For more information, visit | December 15, 2008
Mary Ellen Geist was interviewed by Camille Peri, features editor. Read "Talking With Author Mary Ellen Geist: Don't Stop the Music" by Camille Peri here.

Michigan Notable Books | December 9, 2008
Measure of the Heart has been selected as a 2009 Michigan Notable Book. Read more

O Magazine Features Measure of the Heart | December 2008
Measure of the Heart was featured in O Magazine. Read the article, Wired for Sound by Oliver Sacks, MD here.

Radio Reader | Beginning October 10, 2008
Dick Estell will be reading Measure of the Heart on the Radio Reader. If you are interested in tuning in to the broadcast, click here for the Radio Reader Internet Streaming Schedule.

Relationships 101 on KMOX | October 5, 2008
First Segment
Second Segment

Measure of the Heart has been chosen as one of the Best Books for Caregivers from See the book featured in the Health & Healing section.

Diane Rehm Show | August 13, 2008

Today Show | August 6, 2008


November 11th, 2012
A Family Caregiver's Recognition Event
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Senior Health Building, Lower Level
5361 McAuley Drive, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(on the campus of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital)

October 16th, 2012
Schreiber Conference
Alzheimer's Disease - The Heart of the Matter
Western Michigan University's Fetzer Center, Kalamazoo

For more information go to or call 269-387-4174.

Mary Ellen Geist, author of Measure of the Heart: A Father’s Alzheimer’s, A Daughter’s Return, will deliver the keynote address titled "Caregiving from the Heart" on both days. Mary Ellen is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and a former broadcast journalist of 20 years. When her father’s Alzheimer’s disease became too much for her mother to shoulder alone, she gave up her career as a CBS Radio anchor in New York to return to her childhood home in Northern Michigan. Her insightful book has served as a source of inspiration for millions of caregivers.

This intensive educational conference will provide the latest information in Alzheimer's care for both professional and family caregivers. Conference sessions will be led by professionals in the dementia care field, and will showcase End of Life Care as well as Relationships, Intimacy & Sexuality with Alzheimer's and Other Dementias. 

Saturday, March 10, 2012
10:30 AM
The Daughter's Club
The Club at Key Tower
127 Public Square
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Mary Ellen will be discussing her book, Measure of the Heart, at a Daughter's Club Event at the Club at Key, 127 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio, 44114, on Saturday, March 10. 10:30 a.m. Meet and Mingle, 11 a.m. Brunch, 11:45 a.m.Discussion. Please respond by Thursday March 1st to Kelly Morrell, 216-231-1481.

Thursday, May 31, 2012
The Reading Hospital and Medical Center
Older Americans Month Celebration
Crowne Plaza Reading, 1741 Paper Mill Rd., Wyomissing, PA 19610

Mary Ellen Geist will be speaking about her book , the power of music therapy, and caregiving from the heart.

Call 610-988-4357 for more info.


Friday May 10, 2011
10:30 AM
The Daughter's Club
The Club at Key Tower
Cleveland, Ohio
Info & Tickets: email

Friday May 6, 2011
9:00 AM
Keynote Speaker, 13th Annual Best Practices of Northern Michigan Conference
Kirtland Community College
Roscommon, Michigan

Mary Ellen Geist will be the keynote speaker at the 13th Annual Best Practices of Northern MichiganConference, "Residents: The Heart of the Matter" in Roscommon, Michigan on Friday May 6th at 9 a.m. at Kirtland Community College.

For more information, contact

Friday June 6, 2011
Keynote Speaker, The Worcester Women' s Conference
DCU Center
Roscommon, Michigan

Mary Ellen Geist will be keynote speaker at the The Worcester Women' s Conference at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA on Friday June 3rd.

For more information, contact Cindy at

Thursday August 17th, 2011
7:00 PM
Melrose Township Hall
Walloon Lake, Michigan

Mary Ellen Geist will be speaking at
the Melrose Township Hall in
Walloon Lake, Michigan on
Thursday, August 17th at 7 p.m.

Saturday October 1st, 2011
9 AM - 3:30 PM
Caring for You, The Caregiver
Tanglewood Park
560 Seminole Road
Muskegon, Michigan

Mary Ellen Geist will be speaking at
a one day retreat for caregivers called
"Caring for You,The Caregiver " at
Tanglewood Park, 560 Seminole
Road, in Muskegon Michigan on
Saturday October 1st. Free respite care
can be arranged for your loved one.
Call 231-733-3509 to pre register.

Pre-registration is required!!
Please call 231-733-3509 or 231-733-8648 to register.


Wednesday November 10, 2010
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Keynote Speaker, Tri-County Association of Psychotherapists
Horizon's Conference Center
Saginaw, Michigan

Mary Ellen will be speaking about her book and how to care for oneself while caring for another. The evening begins with a social hour at 5 p.m and then dinner at 6 p.m. She will speak from 7 to 8:30.

Call Jerry Willing for more information at 989-791-4066.

Tuesday, January 12
University of Michigan Campus
202 South Thayer
Room 2022
Ann Arbor, MI

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Noon to 1:00 PM
keynote speaker
Central Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association
Westin Hotel
Columbus, OH

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Noon to 1 p.m., Kiwanis Club, Stafford's Perry Hotel, Petoskey Michigan

Thursday, May 27, 2010
5:30 p.m.
Media Dinner
North Central Michigan College
Petoskey, MI

Wednesday, June, 2, 2010
11:00 a.m.
Treetops Resort in Gaylord, MI

Saturday, June 5, 2010
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Bear River Writer's Conference
Walloon Lake Michigan
Panel on Publishing

Thursday, June 24, 2010
WICA 91.5 (Live Stream)
Mary Ellen Geist will be interviewed about her book, Measure of the Heart, on the program "Michigan Writer's on the Air" with host Aaron Stander on Interlochen Public Radio.

Friday - Saturday, June 25 - 26, 2010
First Annual SOBO Arts Festival
Boyne City, Michigan

Sunday, June 27, 2010
WICA 91.5 (Live Stream)
Mary Ellen Geist will be interviewed about her book, Measure of the Heart, on the program "Michigan Writer's on the Air" with host Aaron Stander on Interlochen Public Radio.

Friday, July 9, 2010
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Local Flavor Bookstore
125 Water Street
Boyne City, Michigan
(231) 582-7499

Thursday, August 19th
4PM - 7PM
Author's Day
Primitive Images 
129 North Lake Shore Drive
Good Hart, MI   
(231) 526-0276

Sunday, August 29, 2010
Keynote Speaker, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association
Amway Hotel
187 Monroe Avenue Northwest
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 774-2000

Thursday, September 21, 2010
8:30AM. - 12PM
Mary Ellen Geist will be speaking at World Alzheimer's Day
Elk Grove Village Park District
Garden Terrace Room
1000 Wellington Avenue
Elk Grove, Illinois 

September 28, 2010
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Keynote Speaker, Connecting Women in Business
Stafford's Perry Hotel
Petoskey, Michigan


Tuesday, January 13
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
650 Letica Drive
Rochester, MI

Monday, February 16
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Room 330; Student Center

Tuesday, February 17
1:00 PM
Washington Township Municipal building
57900 Van Dyke
Washington, Michigan 48094
Event is free, please call 586-786-0131 to register

Wednesday, February 18
Keynote Speaker
Washington, D.C.
For more information, visit

Thursday, March 5
4 PM
2365 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33957

Tuesday, April 14
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2200 S. Lincoln Rd.
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Contact (989) 772-0748

Thursday, April 16
1:00 PM
Saginaw, MI

Tuesday, April 28
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Knights of Columbus Hall
Caro, Michigan

Thursday, April 30
7:00 PM
Marquette, MI

Friday, May 8
3:30 to 4:30 PM
Colorado Chapter 20th annual education symposium
Crowne Plaza
Denver International Airport
15500 E. 40th Avenue
Denver, CO
Mary Ellen will provide the keynote presentation.

Wednesday, May 20
6:00 PM
Munising, MI

Thursday, May 21
6:30 P.M.
Iron Mountain, MI

Thursday, July 9
6:30 PM
Mary Ellen Geist will be hosting a viewing of the HBO special "The Alzheimer's Project: The Memory Loss Tapes" (which features her father) and talking about caregiving
3033 North Squirrel Road
Auburn Hills, Michigan
For more information, call (248) 340-9296.

Thursday, July 16
6:30 PM
Mary Ellen Geist will be giving a lecture and book signing.
220 Clinton Street
Charlevoix, MI
For more information, call (231) 237-7342.

Friday, July 24
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Mary Ellen Geist will be giving a lecture and book signing.
125 Water Street
Boyne City, Michigan
For more information, call (231) 582-7499.

Sunday, September 13
3:00 P.M.
Kerrytown Concert House
Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market
Ann Arbor, MI
A Conversation with Mary Ellen Geist, author of the Michigan Notable Book Winning Measure of the Heart

Saturday, October 3
12:00PM – 6:30PM
The Olympic Collection
Corner of Sawtelle and Olympic
11301 Olympic Blvd
3rd floor ballroom
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Thursday, November 5
4431 W. Houghton Lake Dr.
Houghton Lake, MI 48629
Phone: 989.366.9230
Fax: 989.366.0063

Saturday and Sunday, November 7th and 8th
Issues Today with Bob Gourley

Tuesday, November 10
6:30 PM
Ryerson Auditorium
Mary Ellen Geist will be giving a lecture and book signing.
111 Library St. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
For more information, call (616) 988-5400.

Sunday, November 22
12:00 PM
Mary Ellen Geist will be the keynote speaker.
The Ritz-Carlton
Dearborn, MI

Saturday, December 12
4 to 6 PM
Mary Ellen Geist will be signing books at Freshwater Studio as part of a Holiday Celebration.
217 S. Lake Street
Boyne City, MI
(231) 582-2588

Friday, December 18
4 to 9 PM
Hardcover, Hard Cider
A book sales event highlighting Northern Michigan women authors in the Mercato at the Village Commons (old State Hospital).
Traverse City, MI
For more information go to