Still a Caregiver

I wrote the book, “The A to Z Guide for Primary Caregivers of Dementia Patients” for people like me who entered the world of dementia caregiving with little or no understanding of what to expect. I did  know that my husband’s dementia was progressive...

The Next Step

It has been a while since my last post. It has been 6 weeks since my husband was admitted to a nursing home. It has been a long time coming, but happened so fast. It was necessary and it was time. It was heartbreaking and sad. In the next posts I will talk about how...

News can be harmful to our health

I normally watch a lot of morning and evening network news, local and national.  I’ve got to cut back. The disclaimer that the video you are about to see could be “upsetting”  is a gross understatement when it comes to the video being presented at...

The Learning Curve

A couple of things I have learned this week:  There may come a time when your primary care care doctor will suggest a specialist for your LO. The surprise for me was the recommendation a Gerontologist. It makes sense to get the advice a doctor who sees elderly...

Lock Out Encore

Have you got one of these? (see below) It’s a doorknob with a lock on the inside (privacy lock) usually found on bathroom or bedroom doors.  This one happens to be the door to our powder room. My LO inadvertently locked it.. Fortunately he was on the outside....

Which comes first?

If your loved one has recently been diagnosed with dementia, one of the things you have to do is put yourself in charge of, or at least share all financial matters. On the flip side, if you are getting calls from banks, utility companies or credit card companies...

Safety Surprises !

I had an anxious experience last week, and I wanted to share it with caregivers. BUT,  I got distracted when  thousands of rioters descending upon Washington. Not that we are out of the woods with screaming nutcases protesting  all over the country, but we cannot let...

Holidays & Hope

Happy Holidays to all, especially the caregivers!  I hope you are keeping it simple and calm. I know it is difficult to get hyped for the holidays when your loved one is not aware of the decorations, baking and special meals.  We do it for ourselves!   So, keep doing...

Who cares?

It goes by a couple of names: National Caregivers Awareness Day or National Family Caregiving Day. Whatever, it’s day that Hallmark has forgotten. At least I haven’t seen any Caregiver Recognition cards in any card stores I frequent. Who comes up with...

Halloween, not!

Over the years I have been repeatedly scorned, shamed and generally poke fun of by my sisters for handing out seedless, organic raisins to my Trick or Treaters.  Much to the sister’s chagrin, my little ones love the raisins. Mostly they love the little boxes...