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Rundy Speaking in the Southern Tier

Rundy Purdy speakingThis spring local author Rundy Purdy is coming to the Southern Tier of NY to share his caregiving story in three events. First he will be appearing as the keynote speaker for the Alzheimer’s Association Spring conference in Oneonta on April 28th, and then in May he will be providing two additional presentations at libraries in Endicott and Norwich.

The National Caregiver Alliance estimates that there are 34 million informal caregivers in the USA helping someone age 50+ in their life. This can be a difficult path to walk. Rundy, author of The Sea is Wide: A Memoir of Caregiving will be sharing a message of encouragement and hope for those facing the journey of caregiving. Come hear him speak and enjoy a time of support and inspiration.

Southern Tier Events

  • April 28th, 2016. Time: 9:30AM-4:15PM. Alzheimer’s Association Spring Caregiving Conference, Oneonta, NY. Holiday Inn Oneonta | 5206 NY-23 Oneonta, NY 13820. Phone: 607-547-1650 Detail page for this event here.
  • May 14th, 2016. Time: 1-3PM. George F Johnson Library 1001 Park St, Endicott, NY 13760. Phone (607) 757-2415. This event is for all types of caregivers. Detail page for this event here.
  • May 19th, 2016. Time: 6:30-8:00PM Guernsey Memorial Library, 3 Court St, Norwich, NY 13815. Phone (607) 334-4034. This event is for all types of caregivers. Detail page for this event here.


Rundy spent eight years providing full time personal care to his ailing grandparents in Vestal NY. His years of caregiving made a deep impact on him, and gave him a passion to help others through the difficult, but rewarding, experience of caregiving. His goal is to inspire and encourage others to overcome obstacles and become the most effective caregiver they can be.

While on his own caregiving journey, Rundy wrote a blog chronicling his experience which formed the basis for his book. During that time his writing was profiled on The New York Times blog “The New Old Age,” where his account of caregiving and Alzheimer’s was described as “touching as ‘Tuesdays With Morrie,’ as tender as John Bayley’s memoir of his wife, Iris Murdoch, and in many ways truer and more tough-minded than either.” With compassion, hope, and a strong doze of gritty realism, The Sea is Wide: A Memoir of Caregiving brings the light of hope to the voyage of caregiving

After reading the book Louise O’Keefe, PhD, CRNP said, “It is a must-read for those taking care of loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s and for those in the medical and nursing profession. I will definitely recommend this book to my patients and nursing students.”

Drawing on his extensive caregiving experience, Rundy provides key insights on becoming a compassionate caregiver and understanding those in our care. In a combination of presentation and question and answer session, Rundy takes his audience through the caregiving struggle.

If you would like to hear Rundy share his experience of caregiving and discover the things he learned about perseverance and love, then come join us! All are welcome for these event of education and encouragement. Books will be available for purchase and author signing.


Relevant detailed event information and publicity for media is available on the details page for each event.  For media representatives looking for a publicity photo of the author, please go to the general publicity page on this website.

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