Category Archives: Dementia & Caregiving

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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Doing What You Do for Joy

September 14, 2021

I’ve been struggling for several months now with my late-in-life career change. Writing has stopped bringing me joy. Mostly that’s because I stopped writing when my parents’ dementias demanded a whole new level of caregiving. It’s hard to find joy in something you’re not doing. But this has led me to some introspection. Do I […]

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Summer solstice, this year on June 20, is not just the longest day of the year. It is also the day to fight Alzheimer’s. “The day with the most light is the day we fight.”

Millions of Americans suffer from some form of dementia, with the largest number (5.8 million) having Alzheimer’s. I have been thrust into the middle of this horrible disease, being the caregiver for both parents who have been diagnosed with different dementias. As a teenager, I first encountered Alzheimer’s when my grandmother had it.

Green Pastures, Still Waters

April 29, 2021

Every morning, at least now that summer weather has come, I take my walk early, in the cool of the morning. Before I go to my parents’ place to dispense their medication. Before I sit down at my computer to begin my writing/tutoring/revising work. Before life interrupts.

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