Category Archives: Dementia & Caregiving

The Weight of Loss

February 22, 2022

All that remains of my father’s life is found in two cardboard boxes. Is that all his life is reduced to: two small boxes, one new, one weathered over time? Yesterday, I went to the funeral home to pick up his death certificate (cause: multiple system failure, dementia) and the second of the two boxes. […]

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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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