Taking it on the road!

I had a wonderful experience addressing a dementia support group in Winchester, VA last month. I am so grateful to be able to present before live audiences again!  Now I am ready to take this presentation on the road again! I have a 1- hour power point presentation...

Statistics and Timelines

Today is the first anniversary of the day I admitted my husband to a dementia care facility.   Lots of  dates & stats have popped up in my head. Nine years since he was diagnosed with vascular dementia. Six years since his stroke. The average life expectancy after...

Dementia Action Alliance

This morning I was introduced to the Dementia Action Alliance, an advocacy group for people living with any form of dementia and their caregivers.  For the most part, their programs are virtual.   The organization has been around for 26 years, and been...

Expectations

I have recently  heard some distressing stories about caregivers’ “surprise” at the behavior of their loved one with dementia. A woman couldn’t figure out why her marital relations had diminished. A family who were not prepared to meet the...

Essential Self-Care

I just read a post on a group I belong to: myALzTeam.  A person was talking about caring for her father while he was caring for her Moher with Alzheimer’s.  That reminded me of all the advice I have been given about caring for one’s self. What I would like...

Nursing home lesson

My husband has been a resident of a dementia care facility for seven months.  During that time, his vascular dementia has steadily progressed. He doesn’t know my name or what our relationship is, but seems pleased to see me when I visit.  He also doesn’t...

Here they come……

The holidays are upon us!  As a mid-December baby, I naturally consider my birthday the beginning of the Christmas season! However, as far as the start of the holiday season, I concede to Thanksgiving. Nothing makes me break out into a full-scale grin as much as the...

The Other Patient

The person diagnosed with dementia is NOT, I repeat, NOT the only patient. My blood pressure stubbornly refuses to get to a level that pleases my doctor. Perhaps the reason it’s a tad high is  because the nursing home where my husband currently lives enabled him...