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The Rewards of Cooperative Caregiving

  When I was very young, visiting a grandparent in a nursing home with my parents, I never understood why the families who came would only visit their own family member and ignore the rest, when so many people were so … Continue reading

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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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Flower Power at the Memory Care Facility

“I get in plenty of trouble when they see me come out here,” she said, “But let ’em fuss at me. I outlived all my children and I’m too old to care.” She snapped off a geranium head and tossed it over her shoulder with moxy.
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