• My bills and receipts are in good shape, so it didn’t take 15 minutes of work. I put the extra time into desk files -a disaster!! Form me the best way to keep bills and receipts organized is to stay on top of it.

  • I’m glad your dad is home! That discharge process needs some improvement! Directions are incomplete or lacking, such as advice for an upset stomach . The timing of a discharge seems to necessitate taking an entire day off to wait, and it still might not happen! More than once, the hospital called my mom at 8:00pm or later to pick my dad up and…[Read more]

  • I am grateful that my son is on spring break and we were able to go out to breakfast together.

  • Here’s my list:

    – changes in my husband’s condition, or things that look like changes
    – when my husband is late getting back from someplace
    – that the refill from the pharmacy may not be made before I run out of the prescription (this has never actually happened)
    – that I somehow missed the deadline for the FAFSA or didn’t get the…[Read more]

  • I am grateful for a wonderful phone visit with a friend!

  • Denise,

    This is wonderful! It is a model for what all families should do, but sadly, most probably do not.

    Right now my brother-in-law who lives with my father-in-law (FIL) is going on an international trip for two weeks. The lack of communication about who is checkin in on FIL is so frustrating! The other sister-in-law and I have asked,…[Read more]

  • Sorry it has taken me so long to read and comment. I’m so sorry to read about your mother’s fall. I completely understand your feelings of guilt. Denise, even if you had been standing right next to your mom, she might have fallen. Try as you might you can’t prevent all the bad things from happening, all you can do is the best you can do, and…[Read more]

  • G-J’s profile was updated 2 months, 3 weeks ago

  • I would wait to make a decision about whether or not to take your mom to the follow-up appointment. If the time comes and she’s having a tough day, she might not want to go. You can also talk to the office staff when you take your mom for the assessment. If it’s anything like my husband’s assessments, you will not be in there with your mom. You…[Read more]

  • I’m sorry it has taken me so long to weigh in on this. I know your mother’s appointment is coming up. I know you’re worried about what the testing will reveal.

    Getting a diagnosis is important. Right now your mind is coming up with different, bad scenarios, likely based on your internet research, and you’re scaring the living day lights out of…[Read more]

  • Thank you all for your support and understanding.

    Denise, Steve said the teacher didn’t tell them about their final until five minutes before the class ended. It involves a group project, so then everyone stayed to get into groups and ask questions. He didn’t think he had his phone but he actually had it in his car.

  • I shared it on Facebook! I take every chance I get to mention caregiving.com!

  • ThumbnailHe’s late. Tonight, he’s later than he’s ever been getting home from his art class. The rational side of me knows this is his only class this week and the teacher was going to tell them what is on the final. Maybe […]

    • Hi–I could hear your heart racing in Chicago. What a terrifying experience.

      Did Steve explain what delayed him? And, why he didn’t call?

      So glad he’s okay but oh! the anxiety.

    • jan replied 4 months ago

      Thank you, G-J, for sharing that place you were in; hope if it helped to put it down and see it in print, form the words and thoughts, then you will do it whenever you need to. I completely understand thinking like that.
      Hope you have a peaceful Thanksgiving Day with your loved ones close around the table and not traveling anywhere away from you.

    • G-J, what a horrifying time! So glad it ended well. Your post was so well written you had my heart pounding. Praying you have no more days like,

    • I am a worrier – I can totally relate. I’m glad this story had a happy ending.

    • G-J replied 4 months ago

      Thank you all for your support and understanding.

      Denise, Steve said the teacher didn’t tell them about their final until five minutes before the class ended. It involves a group project, so then everyone stayed to get into groups and ask questions. He didn’t think he had his phone but he actually had it in his car.

  • G-J posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    Hi! Being a caregiver for my spouse at this age sure wasn’t what I expected in life! I was 49 when my 55-year-old husband was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, a possible alzheimer’s precursor, five years ago. Our son just turned 18 and is in his first year of college.

    My husband was immediately put on disability and had to retire a year…[Read more]

    • Thank you for the reply.
      I to have went through all of those things, especially with family. After her stroke and then being diagnosed with dementia my wife was put on disability as well. Friends (the ones we did have) slowly went on with their lives and stopped calling. I do work because even though your world has been turned upside down the…[Read more]

  • ThumbnailEveryone is passionate about something. We all have a cause that inspires us and makes us want to change the world or at least that one aspect of the world. Mine is Alzheimer’s. You might wonder why a woman in her […]

    • G-J great post and what a great advocate you are for Alzheimer’s. You walk the walk, shining all the while. On my way to sign up!

    • Thank you so much for posting this. I have worried about getting Alzheimer’s myself. Both my mother and grandmother had Alzheimer’s. I had recently looked in the Chicago area for studies to participate in. I didn’t fit the criteria of current studies, but it’s good to know this is a way to start the process.

  • I try to be organized by putting things in specific spots so I don’t have to spend time looking for them. When I grocery shop, I use a list I print off the computer, with the items I sometimes by organized by my main store’s layout. I check off what I need to purchase, and on the reverse side I write the menu for the week, including the location…[Read more]

  • I am grateful a friend sent me a text, we met for lunch and he told me to contact him the next time I need help!

  • G-J commented on the post, Feeling Guilty 5 months, 1 week ago

    Hi, Ray! Welcome to the most supportive place on the internet. Denise and caregiving.com have been a life, and sanity saver for me!

    Somehow as a caregiver there always seems to be something to feel guilty about. Similar to you, I’m probably a helicopter spouse since I’m my husband’s caregiver. I want him to do what he can, but I don’t want him…[Read more]

  • G-J’s profile was updated 5 months, 1 week ago

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