Category Archives: family issues

Perfectly Imperfect Holidays

My sister and her son drove up from the south for Christmas, especially to see Grandma. The wheelchair collection provided plenty of entertainment. Before they arrived, I was concerned because Mom’s status is so wildly uncertain.  All sorts of thoughts were … Continue reading

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Keeping up Long-distance Friendships for People with Dementia ~ Truth, Ethics, & Editing

This is the third holiday season that Mom has asked me to send out all her Christmas cards, this after she unknowingly disposed of her address book listing contact information for her life-long friends.  Since she tended toward social butterfly, … Continue reading

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Creative Thanksgiving a Success

Our creative, 4-part Thanksgiving worked out very well in the end. The week before, I cooked and stuffed an 18-lb turkey, just for us (and any visitors) to eat all month.  As I mentioned in my last post, I’m quite … Continue reading

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Dreaming of an Inclusive Thanksgiving

A few days ago I was pushing back tears after I found out that both of the families my husband and I usually spend Thanksgiving with had already planned gatherings that aren’t wheelchair accessible.  Mom hadn’t been part of those … Continue reading

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75th Birthday & Peek-a-Boo Dementia

Mom’s status has been wildly unpredictable lately as far as her speech, ability to walk even a few steps with assistance, and her capacity to feed herself.  Some days she’s almost comotose, and then today she called me up (after … 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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Advance Funeral Planning ~ Part 2

After months of not following up on my intended goal to get informed about the funeral home process, which I felt more motivated to do back at the time of my first post on this subject, I took a few small steps … Continue reading

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