A Happy Dementia Email

A Happy Dementia Email

My dementia caregiving journey has been sad and laced with difficult decisions.  When the email from Terri came through, I smiled from ear to ear.  He mother danced at the wedding!  Dementia caregiving is made easier when we add music and dance.  Who doesn't like to...

For All You Left-Handed People

For All You Left-Handed People

Dementia makes using the hands and fingers in a productive way more difficult.  If the brain is sending the signals, arthritis is making the movement difficult.  If arthritis is not a problem, the brain may not be sending the signals.  UGH!  If you are left-handed,...

Stress Is Gonna Kill Us!

Stress Is Gonna Kill Us!

I've been under a LOT of stress lately.  I've also been considering how I handle (or don't handle) that stress.  Scripture has a few words to say about what I focus my thoughts and attention upon.  I am trying to change my train of thought, and that change is making...

The Unknowns of Dementia and Life In General

The Unknowns of Dementia and Life In General

Have you ever gone through a series of days when your entire life felt like a great big question mark?  If you are caregiving for someone with dementia, you know EXACTLY how that feels.  That is what life has been like lately.  I gotta tell ya, I'm getting tired of...

She Had A Lucid Moment

She Had A Lucid Moment

Momma moved to a skilled nursing facility last week.  It is WONDERFUL, and I am excited that Momma can also begin having physical therapy.  In addition to Advanced Alzheimer's, she also suffers from Post Polio Syndrome, and her right hip, leg, and knee hurt all the...

How Much Do I Tell Her?    TMI

How Much Do I Tell Her? TMI

Sometimes we give our loved ones with dementia TOO MUCH INFORMATION - TMI.  The simple answers are more often the better answers.  Being truthful is good, but it is NOT necessary.  (Did I just tell you to lie?  Maybe!) Listen to this episode to hear the answer to a...

What Stresses Me

What Stresses Me

I recently asked folks to write in and tell me what is stressing them on their caregiving journey.  One writer's letter caught my attention.  I loved the raw honesty of this individual, and I feel her pain.  What is stressing you?  Maybe you would feel better just by...

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