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Not This Time, Fortunately


He’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 he needed help with his work. Maybe he had questions. Our son and I joke that he got detention. The irrational side of me feels ill. It’s planning what I need to grab ...

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Caregiving, Cruises and Mrs. Haversham


As the holidays approach I have mixed emotions on what to expect from Mom during the festivities. This past week end we hosted an epic baby shower for my son and his girlfriend. I considered it a dress rehearsal for the upcoming holiday season. With my new addiction to Pinterest and vintage shabby chic decor (see how I made them on my website), I think I went over board on the decorations. I made so many that ...

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Isn’t Yours a Life Worth Remembering?


Everyone 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 early 50’s, with an 18-year-old son, a 60-year-old husband, with both parents deceased would care about Alzheimer’s. It’s because in December 2009, my husband was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a possible precursor ...

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Dementia, Devil’s Food and Drumsticks: When Mom goes Rogue


I apologize that I have not commented posted or supported much on here lately. I have been a bit burned out with Mom escaping a few times. My dog Misty who I didn’t know was pregnant had 7 puppies in my garage last week and my son’s girlfriend is expecting a baby. My 94-year-old cousin, Helen, said she is staying away from my house because everyone is getting pregnant, even the dogs. She doesn’t want to ...

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The Burrito Generation


“The enemy is in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked on both sides… they can’t get away from us now.”  Marine General Chesty Puller Chipotle restaurant recently opened a store in my town. For the first couple of weeks, wait times to get in averaged over an hour with lines out the door and circling their building. For those unfamiliar with Chipotle, it is a high-end Mexican grill type restaurant with a ...

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Handling Caregiving, Career and Canines


Although I am glad that I am excited about starting a new job today, as a caregiver you know it is hard to handle caregiving and a career. I was giving Mom a bath last night and she actually didn’t need help for once getting out of the tub. Her arthritis wasn’t as bad as usual. She didn’t complain about the clothes I laid out and she was pleasant. That put me in a good ...

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Caregiving in any Language is Universally the Same


Our neighbor, Mr. D Amico, who lives about two houses  down is recently widowed for about seven months now. He keeps a lovely vegetable garden and shares his harvest with everyone. With his limited English (he speaks Italian, Spanish and Portuguese), he manages to have conversations with my young adult son. My other neighbor, Mr. C, who is also widowed, is the new playboy on the block. He frequents casinos and wears shorts every day and asks me when my pretty ...

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Seth Rogen Shares His Story About Alzheimer’s


Seth Rogen, famous for his part in the movie, “Knocked Up,” testified before a Senate subcommittee yesterday; I thought you’d like to hear his remarks. Unfortunately, he spoke to just a few Senators, as 16 got up and left. Rogen did call out the Senators on Twitter, writing, “All those empty seats are senators who are not prioritizing Alzheimer’s. Unless more noise is made, it won’t change.“ Related Articles Goodbyes, Hello, and Love ( Dementia ...

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Goodbyes, Hello, and Love


The two hardest things to say in life are hello for the first time and goodbye for the last — Moira Rogers I read the above quote this week and thought it a perfectly fitting expression. Several members of our caregiving family are dealing with the saying of goodbye and I know from past experience, this isn’t easy. My heart goes out to each and every one of you.  My only encouragement is to be ...

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Podcast: Dementia Care Talk Show


Claire Day joined Denise on Tuesday, Feb. 4th, for their monthly chat. Claire answers a listener’s question. Want to know what that question is? You will have to listen to find out. Make sure to listen below and as always leave your comments below. Hugs:o) Jane ~ The Roving Reporter More Caregiving Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Denise Brown on BlogTalkRadio Related Articles Dementia Care: How Do You Make It? ( Dementia Care: How ...

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