Mom Is Happy and Well

My mom’s 10 Day Care Conference, which was really 12 days, went well.  They love her there.  Mom is upbeat and happy and she still hugs everyone.   She enjoys helping with chores and is able to remain focused long enough to finish small jobs.  Mom is sleeping and eating well and enjoys spending time […]

Social Workers Make a Difference!

My mom’s new home has a “10 Day Care Conference” scheduled for today.  When we admitted mom into this Residential Facility, we told them all about mom and where she’s at in terms of her Alzheimer’s diagnosis.  Now, after 10 days, Richfield Senior Suites will tell us what they think.  This is standard procedure and […]

We Are a Family of Five

I’ve been talking a lot about my mom lately.  That’s just where my head is at.  But you should know that I’m not the only one concerned about my mom.  I have an older sister and a younger brother who have been right here with me all the way. We are a family of five. […]

Finding Joy in Little White Lies

There’s a book I want to tell you about. It’s called “Creating Moments of Joy” by Jolene Brackey and it has completely changed the way I communicate with my mom. I love this book so much, I think it should be required reading for anyone who interacts with an Alzheimer’s sufferer. It’s a book about […]

Learn the Numbers. Spread Awareness.

5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. Learn the numbers.  Spread awareness. […]

Mindfulness for Caregiver Relief

I’ve often said that being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is the hardest job there is because it’s a 24/7 thankless, monotonous, mind numbing job. It’s similar to taking care of a child.  Except this child has zero short-term memory, limited common sense and problem solving skills and a quickly diminishing capacity to […]

She Came Out of Her Room With Spirit

When I decided to write a blog, my intention was to write about what I’m doing to get healthy and hopefully prevent Alzheimer’s disease in myself.  I didn’t want to write too much about my mom who has Alzheimer’s for a couple of reasons —  first, there are already “caregiver” and “long goodbye” blogs out […]

A Circle of Friends Say Good-bye

It was a quick decision to place my mother in a Residential Home.  The idea was discussed on Monday, it was finalized on Wednesday and she moved into her new home on Friday.   But we couldn’t just let my mom vanish from the neighborhood without a good bye.  She’s lived in the same house […]