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Mom would never dance if she lived with me.

Mom would never dance if she lived with me.

I have an ongoing battle that rages on in my brain about where mom should be. I wonder if we should have moved her in with us, but recognize that caring for my parents has already overshadowed some major segments of my life. I want to do what’s right by her, but also want to […]

Celebrating 84 with Mom at her Memory Care Community

Celebrating 84 with Mom at her Memory Care Community

Today my mom turned 84. Taking mom out has been overwhelming and while I am in the process of getting a travel wheelchair and a DMV parking form, it made more sense to celebrate with her in her community. We are both adapting to this new normal. I focused on bringing in some of her […]

Finding ways to stay engaged with mom is getting harder

Finding ways to stay engaged with mom is getting harder

I think my mom’s favorite activity now is napping. She has really slowed down over the past few weeks. In hopes of having a visit that didn’t involve me watching her nap, I brought activities with me. So far I have tried: Adult Coloring Books. My mother-in-law introduced one to our family when she gave […]

What I Learned as a Caregiver Can Help Millions of Families

What I Learned as a Caregiver Can Help Millions of Families

This weekend I was interviewed by Jennifer Franciotti on WBAL TV. She interviewed me about my best selling book MemoryBanc: Your Workbook for Organizing Life. While the simple answer as to why I wrote the book was that my parents health failed and managing all the information around their lives was overwhelming at times. Most of you know […]

A Different Degree of Elder Abuse

A Different Degree of Elder Abuse

A few years ago, when we didn’t yet have a diagnosis, but knew something was wrong with mom and dad, we were concerned that our parents would be victims of elder-abuse scams. We had a major incident when my mom hired two contractors for the same work, one of which charged 5 times a reasonable […]