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...

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...