ACK!!!!! The Dreaded Retrograde!

From February 18th to March 10th our little buddy Mercury is in retrograde.  I’m pretty sure that means the planet is going backwards just to mess with earthlings.  During this time we are to be careful about Communication, Travel, Technology and Legal matters. ...

Galleries & Museums

Even before he was diagnosed with vascular dementia, my LO could “do” the Smithsonian in about a half an hour.  I used to tease him about how long he would linger before the Mona Lisa. I’m guessing 15 seconds, then move on!  He has pretty much the...

Intro to Dementia

I am taking some time to .meet up with two friends this evening.  Because of one illness, travel plan or other encumbrance, we have not exchanged Christmas presents yet.  One of those friends asked me to bring along a copy of my book. She wants it for a friend of hers...

A new symptom

The other day, I asked the LO if he would retrieve my coffee cup from the kitchen and bring it to me in the dining room. He brought me my cell phone. On another day, we were visiting a friend and she complained that she had misplaced her glasses.  He handed her a wine...

Not necessarily out with the old……

We’ve brought some of last year’s behaviors into the new decade. I am getting used to candlelight breakfasts. It doesn’t seem as weird these days, especially on overcast mornings where it feels like night time. I am also getting used to returning out...

A Candlelight Breakfast for Two

Now that the colder weather has set in and dusk seems to occur right after lunch, I have started using candles at the dinner table once again. He has taken on the responsibility of lighting them.  The other morning as I was serving bacon and eggs, I saw that he had...

Where did that blood come from?

Thin or fragile skin can occur for a number of reasons in elderly people. Sun exposure, genetics, prescription blood thinners, aspirin or anti-inflammatories such has ibuprofen are some causes. With the slightest scratch, the skin can tear and bleed. This has happened...

Things that go missing in the night……

Recently I noticed I was missing a Chef’s knife, the “in-sink-erator”, that thingie that stops the drain in the sink where the disposal is and a lavender plant. My LO tossed them in the wastebasket, I am certain. When he is being...

Chocolate caution

I talk about the joy and responsibility of owning a pet in “The A to Z Guide for Primary care Givers of Dementia Patients”. What I want to warn pet-owning-caregivers about is this:  Be sure your LO is NOT sharing his/her own treats with the dog (or other...