Category Archives: Faith

Finding Our Way Home

December 19, 2021

One year after my Dad started his steep decline into dementia, Mom is now repeating what he used to say, almost word for word. “Where am I? I want to go home. This isn’t my home.” Early this morning, the maintenance guys at her complex called me. They found Mom scratching “anyone ever home?” on […]

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Encouragement When It’s Needed Most

November 12, 2021

The last time I saw my dad in his new home, he asked me if I’m a teenager. I shook my head. “Do I look like I am?” He scrutinized my face. “Are you 25?” “You’re getting closer, Dad!” My dad is legally blind and he has dementia, but I still took it as a […]

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Learning to Live with Messy

November 2, 2021

I like to know where things are. People often comment that my house is clean. It’s not. I rarely clean. But I put things where they belong. When I’m overwhelmed, overworked, frustrated, or anxious, it helps me to have an organized space. Clutter makes it hard to focus and it makes me feel more stressed. […]

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Lessons Learned (So Far) From Dementia

October 3, 2021

Like it or not, I enrolled in a crash course in caregiving for people with dementia when my father quickly developed vascular dementia less than a year ago, followed by my mother’s mild cognitive impairment. I’ve learned a few things so far, mostly through making lots of mistakes, and I’m certain I will learn much […]

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