About Carmen Buck
Carmen Buck is a nurse practitioner, speaker, author and humanitarian photographer. Carmen’s career as a professional caregiver began over 40 years ago at age 15 when she trained to become a certified nurse’s aid in the local nursing home. She quickly fell in love with caring for others realizing her greatest gifts were those of love and kindness. She went on to receive a Master’s Degree and certificate as Family Nurse Practitioner with focus on spirituality and chronic illness. Her practice took her from the clinic to house calls successfully guiding families into the unknown territory of caregiving. Working hand in hand with family caregivers prepared her for the next phase of her career.
After helping a couple understand the wife’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s Disease, Carmen had an epiphany that caregivers’ stories of love and devotion needed to be told. The truly scary part of this epiphany was how she would be the one to help them tell their stories. She accepted the challenge and within 1 year left the clinical world to write “Just See Me- Sacred Stories from the Other Side of Dementia”. While interviewing family caregivers and countless others for the book, it became clear how caregivers often feel abandoned, alone and scared not knowing where to turn. She also recognizing the healing power of story telling in words and images. While completing “Just See Me” Carmen developed holistic caregiver education and support programs while establishing herself as an internationally known compassionate photographer specializing in the elderly and those with dementia.
Carmen’s programs prepare family caregivers to manage the emotional ups and downs of caregiving. They learn where and how to seek assistance and perhaps most importantly how to take care of themselves during this challenging time.
Carmen is an expert on the topics of caregiving, spirituality, and story- telling. She lives in Austin, TX with her husband and 4 dogs, and creates family legacies in Texas and beyond.