Category Archives: inclusion

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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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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