Category Archives: advocacy

First Outing of 2012 – Accidents happen

Mom lost her glasses 2 months ago.   I haven’t noticed any difference since then in how well she can see or read.  When she started saying that her glasses “didn’t work” anymore, only a month after her last eye … Continue reading

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Riding the Waves of Dementia

The extremes of Mom’s lewy body disease have lent plenty to write about lately, but making the time and space to emotionally process and translate it for others has not been something I’ve done.  Some if it still feels too … Continue reading

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Farewell to the Watcher

Mom and I are both feeling more than a little heartboken that her sassy best friend at the memory care facility got whisked into a nursing home by her adult children with no prior notice.  This family didn’t visit often, … Continue reading

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Feeding Dementia

This sort-of poem popped out today- a departure from how I usually write: In Defense of Food Fatality at the Nursing Home I’m a threat to their residents, bringer of forbidden foods that didn’t arrive on the Sysco truck last … Continue reading

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Treating elders as well as dogs in day care- how about webcams for assisted living?

My husband told me recently that some of his coworkers watch their dogs via the internet at “doggie daycare” every so often to check on their status.  We don’t live in a very sophisticated or high-income area of the country, … Continue reading

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Legal guardianship for dementia – worth thousands of dollars?

My mother has been declared legally “incompetent” in our state, permanently, and I’ve been assigned as her guardian.  I was advised to do this due to her unpredictable behaviors, reactions, and requests, several of which meant that she ended up … Continue reading

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Saying no to medical clutter – unnecessary procedures, supplements & meds

Mom and I have been letting go and saying no a lot lately. First, she started refusing her supplements and vitamins.  Somewhere in her brain she still knows what the important pills are.  She’ll never decline her thyroid med if … Continue reading

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