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Dahlias, Dementia, & A Double-Dog Dare

At the end of May, I decided I was going to boldly try something I’d never tried before: grow flowers. I chose dahlias because I liked the picture on the package.

How hard could it be, right?

Two long weeks later, I finally got this result:

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Not exactly what […]

Real-World Consequences

A friend tagged me in a post to make sure I’d see this: OWNER OF NURSING HOME ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM 57 RESIDENTS TO PAY DEBTS (http://abc30.com/news/owner-of-nursing-home-accused-of-stealing-from-57-residents-to-pay-debts/1437984/). This happened in my home town, and hit the news a couple days after I’d had a conversation with the same friend about politics and cop shootings. […]

Are YOU Making Things Worse?

Is that even possible? How could YOU possibly be making anything worse, when you’re running your buns off to make life better? You’re the primary care partner, the chef, the housekeeper, the gardener, the chauffeur. Julie on the Love Boat *wishes* she had your mad skills, right?

But are you also the primary care partner […]

Connection Is Why We’re Here

My newsletter each week ends with this: “REMINDER: you are never, ever alone! No matter how isolated you may feel, the truth is that I’m right here on the other side of the screen and I am always rooting for you!”

I know from both personal and professional experience that being a dementia care […]

Dementia & (Loss of) Independence

Independence: freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others. (Dictionary.com)
I say “dementia,” and you probably think “memory loss!” That’s true–as far as it goes. A more comprehensive way to think of it is “dementia=the whole brain is under attack.”

Looking at it this way, one of the most obvious manifestations […]

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    Dementia & A Doctor Appointment: 10 Ideas To Help Make It Happen

Dementia & A Doctor Appointment: 10 Ideas To Help Make It Happen

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Getting a person living with dementia to see a doctor can quickly turn into a major source of conflict. Rather than going down that no-win path, consider just making the appointment and then incorporating these ideas:

Have a plan for appointment day. Work your […]

The Longest Day

I think we all know that EVERY day is a long day when it comes to dementia, but here’s the Alzheimer’s Association’s official take:

Held annually on the summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers.
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    How To Deal with Tough Questions (And NOT Make It Worse!): Embracing Therapeutic Fiblets

How To Deal with Tough Questions (And NOT Make It Worse!): Embracing Therapeutic Fiblets

What do you do when Mom calls to say she’s at (long-deceased) Grandma’s and is wondering where Dad [also gone] is? What’s the communication strategy in that situation? Knowing to approach from the front is great; breaking a task into short, concise instructions is helpful– but what does any of that have to do […]

More Patience? Yes, Please! (8 Ways To Get Some)

My mom is a natural greenthumb; I’m more the plant hospice lady. But I recently decided to give gardening a try anyway. Turns out with patience and persistence, I actually saw some results! I don’t know how it’ll ultimately turn out, but I know I’ve made more progress than before I even tried.
It’s the […]

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    Remembrance of Things Past: Dementia, Confabulation, Conflation, and The Truth

Remembrance of Things Past: Dementia, Confabulation, Conflation, and The Truth

// “Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.” ― Marcel Proust

In the United States, we observe Memorial Day on the last Monday in May, recognizing American service members who’ve died. It wasn’t always this way: its origins have been disputed regionally, the day has changed, and the […]