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Gearing Up For The Holidays

Gearing Up For The Holidays

The Residence where Mom lives generously puts on special holiday dinners for the residents and their family members, i.e., Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, July 4th, Easter, Christmas, etc.  They take place the Saturday before the holiday from 11:30 -1:30pm.  They do a...
Push the Reset Button

Push the Reset Button

I have periodically taken a chapter from Susan McCurry’s book, When A Family Member Has Dementia, and broken it down into several day’s reading in deference to our time. The chapter, ACCEPTING YOURSELF: IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO GET BACK ON TRACK, is too important not...
Just Say Yes

Just Say Yes

Yesterday, Mom asked if we could get together for dinner “in the next few days.”  I don’t hesitate anymore and just say, “Yes!”  First of all, of course I’d say yes, but secondly, I say yes because it makes her feel terrific in the moment. The reason this is even a...
Hidden Faces

Hidden Faces

It always intrigues me to listen to an interview of a well-known comedian or film star.  A few of my favorites have either had the most challenging childhood or battling something pretty major in their lives in general.  Just like anyone else, there are two paths to...