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Insider Tips on Choosing Residential Elder Care

Here’s some advice, some of it straight from my (still very verbal) 74-yr. old mother, currently living in memory care, as to what to look out for when choosing a place to live.  Plenty of these guidelines also apply to those looking for … Continue reading

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Resisting the Medicalization of Brain Aging – Essential Advice from a Geriatric Neurologist with Brilliance and Heart

I’d planned on reviewing a few different books on Alzheimer’s disease today, but one struck me as so riveting and essential to thought on this topic that it overwhelmingly merited it’s own distinct post.  The refreshing and future-changing thoughts of the author, Dr. … Continue reading

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Adventures in Elder Law – The Medicaid Quagmire

After months of debating the cost and the pros and cons of consulting a lawyer about many issues with my mother that I couldn’t find clear answers to, I got a great-sounding referral from my 90-year old gardening friend, Leo, whose recent … Continue reading

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Holistic Health Strategies for Dementia and Parkinson’s – Part One

anyone who hears your diagnosis and tells you what to do with your health is somewhat ignorant about the nature of disease and how we heal. People are incredibly individual in how they manifest certain illnesses.
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The Power of Presence

It doesn’t matter if you sit at home and stare at the ants on your verandah
or the shadows of the trees and grasses in your garden
It matters that you care
It matters that you feel
It matters that you notice……..

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Plotting their escape

Mom reported on the phone, “and all have failed miserably so far, but that will just make us better and stronger. We have much too much time to think about it, so we’re bound to succeed at some point.”
I’m so glad she’s using her down time constructively. It seems much more productive than playing bingo, anyhow.
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When Dementia Comes and Goes

I miss having Mom around to help me shuck corn, entertain the cats, keep track of the birds in the neighborhood, watch my flowers grow, alert me about every weed, and tell me how terrible my hair looks. I miss it most because she feels useful that way, and she IS! (Except for the hair advice.)
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