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...

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....