Category Archives: memory care and residential options

Trying to Clone my Exhausted Self again: Hiring a social visitor for Mom

I’m exhausted.   Raw.   Completely overwhelmed with no sensible reason that I can pinpoint. I spent the last week trying to get it together, trying to pretend I wasn’t losing my mind and unraveling emotionally, and barely holding together … 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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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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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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