Coffee and Dementia

Many people drink coffee because they like the taste. Other people drink coffee to help them wake up in the morning.  There are many health benefits to drinking coffee that many people do not realize. Research has suggested that drinking coffee may even be able to help a person reduce their risk for developing dementia later in life. As it turns out researchers are finding there are more health benefits to drinking coffee than harmful side effects....more

Thanksgiving 2016

My two brothers' families, three sisters' families and my family drive "over the river" to Grandma and Grandpa's every Thanksgiving Day.  If you're lucky enough to get there first, you get first dibs on the couch.  The entering chaos doesn't seem to wake Mom and Dad, snoring on their recliners, and everyone else grabs spaces on the tiny rug....more

Memories

I understand more now why I hoard. It is my way of holding onto memories. I have things from my high school years, free willing years, child bearing years and now I have too much stuff.My mother is ill. She has dementia. Something that in the past had frighten me. You see I’ve watched her sisters slip away.It started with my mother having a heated discussion with my father about one of her sisters over twenty years ago. She wanted him to take her from the tip of Indiana to the far corner of New Jersey because of what she heard her sister say....more

Forget Me Not, Or At Least Not At This Particular Moment

There are people in life who seem to revel in tragedy.  They bask in it, boast about it, appropriate a bit of someone else’s if they don’t have enough of their own to occupy them.  Then there are those who defy tragedy...more

A Sad Reality at the Supermarket Last Weekend

mysideof50  Thanks you! It helps knowing that she was with me until the end. She had been living ...more

If a gift falls in the forest...

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is near enough to hear it, does it make a sound?If a gift falls into the hands of someone who immediately forgets she's received it, does it make an impact?I have to admit I have to remind myself that there is joy in giving, that it's better to give than to receive, that I should give wholeheartedly expecting nothing in return. And, yet, I struggle in giving my mother gifts, even the gifts of a phone call or visit. It takes so much out of me, gives her nothing but confusion and, perhaps, a moment of joy. Or so it seems....more

Life with Dementia

My name is Erin and I have a mother who is suffering from Dementia. Recently she has been diagnosed as Dementia WITH Parkinsons. As if life wasn't already hard enough.I write about tips on my regular blog but I wanted to write something for Blog Her. I don't know if there are others who have time to read about caregiving. Most of us are busy 24/7 trying to make sure our parents or loved ones are comfortable. ...more
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