December 16, 2017

 

The holidays are very stressful for loved ones suffering from dementia. You see my mother Mary enjoyed the holidays. She would be the person who would come up with great ideas on how to create unique gifts for friends and would teach me to build them for my co-workers...

November 26, 2017

I was caregiver for my mom who had vascular dementia.  I'm not a healthcare provider so I didn't want to guess what my mom was suffering from at the time so, I had to take her to the emergency room often to make sure it wasn't something serious.

The scariest thing abou...

November 12, 2017

It took a while for me to write this post. You see the last time that I went thru my mom’s closet; it was to pick out her final outfit and her essential papers when she passed away. I felt incredibly overwhelmed. My emotions were in overdrive, so I quickly grabbed what...

November 4, 2017

Did you know that Daylight Savings time effects someone with Alzheimer's Disease? We all look forward to that extra hour of sleep however, caregivers probably won't feel the same way. Your "body clock" is affected by the earth cues like sunlight and temperature. When t...

October 29, 2017

There are so many ways that can help you cope with your Grief so I provided a couple below that may assist you. 

1.     Keep a journal of your feelings/grief work. I created this blog “the Caregivers depot” as a way to express my feeling during my caregiving and after....

October 15, 2017

Grief is a natural and normal reaction to loss and change. It affects ALL aspects of ourselves: the physical, emotional, psychological, behavioral, and spiritual aspects. I myself have experienced and still experience these effects of grief still from time to time. I’v...

October 7, 2017

A few blog posts ago I shared what I learned about being a caregiver. Now I'm going to share with you after reflecting after my mom passed away what I wish that someone told me about grief.

1. Every death is sudden. It doesn't matter whether if you know that it's coming...

July 16, 2017

For those of you who are trained for the role of caregiver, you already have a leg up. For those who, like me, became a caregiver unexpectedly, strap in for the ride. As a caregiver you must have compassion, but you can’t get rattled when accidents or unexpected things...

July 2, 2017

I remember the day as I woke up in North Carolina on that Wednesday morning. It was different from other days my mom's husband stayed in bed later than usual I figured that he was catching some extra minutes of sleep since mom was wandering the weekend before.

Watching...

June 26, 2017

About a week ago when I went down to North Carolina to care for my mother I felt the need to say something to my her even though she may not be able to understand me at this stage in her disease.

As she wandered into the room that I was sitting in I asked her to sit dow...

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