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...

What anniversary?

I acknowledged our 22nd wedding anniversary earlier this month. I say “I” because milestone dates or even holidays are met with very casual or no interest as dementia progresses. Case in point. We had finished breakfast and were on our way to do errands on...

If it weren’t for the Dementia…POW!

The definition of a split second: a very brief time. The definition of a nano second: one billionth of a second, or the time it takes the jackass in the car  behind you to beep his horn after the light turns green. There is no word for the time it takes my LO to say,...

It’s Never Too Soon

As a caregiver, an occupation you probably didn’t train for (like me!), you are constantly questioning your judgement and trying to answer your own questions. My LO seems very forgetful. Should I call our Doc? Should I take over finances? Should I look...

Let’s go To The Mall!

According to a recent report on MSNBC, in 2021 fifty percent of department stores in malls will close. And a July report in The New York Times said in the next 5 years twenty-five percent of all malls in this country will close. In talking to some folks in retail and...

Where did the past 3 months go?

Between the pandemic, the unbearable heat, and other political/social upheavals, this summer has been a challenge. Now, add to that caring for a dementia patient. A triple Whammy! My LO has had a marked decline in cognition over the past 3 months. I really can’t...

Bad food choices!

For those of us caring for a dementia patient, this quarantine-self-isolation-stay-at-home stuff is tough! I’m not saying my situation is worse than other people, but it sure is different. Even without a pandemic, a dementia patient eventually loses the ability...

More on Corona Virus and Dementia

I have read a few articles in the past week or so about living with a dementia patient during the pandemic. Most of the examples they gave were of patients who are in late state dementia. There are so many examples of where our healthcare system needs improvement....

Dementia and the Corona virus

This has been a confusing and scary time for everyone, and it’s no where near over. If you live with a person with dementia, you might have noticed that he/she has hardly noticed.  We talk about the virus as we are watching our morning news programs, and...