Category Archives: holistic health

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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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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Paranoia and delusions: Is it the meds or the mind?

It’s hard to believe that medications don’t make a person more insane sometimes.  If you can remember back to your oldest relatives who died natural and probably quite painful deaths, did it seem more common that they basically retained their … Continue reading

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Cusp of Spring Project: Growing Safe Herbs for Stress Relief

In our backyard the plants are starting to green out way down underneath at ground level, despite numerous and tenacious patches of snow. The call of the garden is why you haven’t heard from me in a while.  Since I’m obsessed … Continue reading

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The smell of spring

I heard the geese making their overhead pilgrimage today, and the snow’s melting is finally outpacing its stubborn attempts to keep descending from above every time we dare think that winter might be passing. The political ice in our state, Wisconsin, is still rock hard.  … Continue reading

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The Ghosts

My mother started talking about “the ghosts” who live at her residence a few weeks ago when we were having our daily evening phone conversation.  It gave me a deep shudder, not out of fear that she was being haunted, but out … Continue reading

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Tired of mediocre caregiving books? Try The Eldercare Handbook by Stella Mora Henry

I’m totally out of order:  starting to read support books for caregivers now that I’m over the first big humps- somehow having survived Mom rooming with us while she was extremely unstable, and past the harrowing adventure of finding a residential placement … Continue reading

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