Tag Archive | memory

When our memories fail us.

When our memories fail us.

As I was caring for two parents who had different types of dementia, I started to second guess my own memories. I started to worry that I was already failing cognitively and then I started to notice how often within my own household we would have conflicting memories of an event we had shared. It […]

Is our life the sum of our memories?

Is our life the sum of our memories?

If our lives are the sum of our memories, what are you doing to improve yours?

The unmistakable scent of Mom

The unmistakable scent of Mom

Using scent to recall all the wonderful things about a loved one.

How Activities Benefit Individuals with Dementia

How Activities Benefit Individuals with Dementia

One of the things I appreciate about my mom’s new community is the depth of knowledge the surrounding staff and volunteers bring to help deal with a wide variety of individuals with varied dementias. I also know we are lucky to be able to afford to have mom in a community where she gets to […]

Trying to keep Mom kempt

Trying to keep Mom kempt

Mom is now sleeping in her clothes. When I’ve gotten her into the shower, I realize how hard it is for her to dress and undress. I understand that she wants to manage, but in this area, she won’t allow me (or anyone else ) to help most days. I wonder if the days that […]

Where are you? stings more now

Where are you? stings more now

A year a half ago, I posted an article entitled “Where are you?” — and I’m still feeling the same guilt — only magnified. At least the last time I went through this stage and wrote about it (it is a recurring issue) my Dad was there with my Mom. Now I know my Mom is […]

Where is my gold necklace?

Where is my gold necklace?

For almost two months my mom has perseverated on the absence of her gold necklace. My mom hides her valuables and then forgets where she puts them. She jokes about it and acknowledges she needs to stop doing this, but she cannot help herself. Almost 30 years ago, my mom bought a 2 foot long […]