Author Archives: traceysl

About traceysl

Author of the groundbreaking book "Dementia Sucks", Post Hill Press, May 15, 2018. Digital Artist, creative technologist, problem-solving lover of life. Having cared for my mother, who died on April 14, 2015 after a long fight with dementia, I have refocused professionally to helping others through my experience. My company, Grand Family Planning, provides education and Family Coaching / Support Services. In this way, I share my knowledge and give meaning to the tragic turn of my parents' journey through the misery of dementia.

Life Is But A Dream

When I was little, I had intense and frightening nightmares. A repeated scenario placed me behind the wheel of a car, forced to drive when I could not yet see over the dash or reach the pedals, ultimately driving off … Continue reading

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Absorb This

My little old dog, Penny, is a teacher. One of my dog sitters, who admits to having issues with assertiveness, has credited Penny with showing her how to be more firm and clear about her own needs. And today, Penny … Continue reading

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The Hard Part

In 2015, a few months after mom died, I made a decision that caused the “Mom voice” in my head to scream “ARE YOU CRAZY?” I decided to adopt a 12 year old dog. Penny is a Yorkshire terrier. Her … Continue reading

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Explaining

YOU CANNOT REASON WITH A DEMENTED PERSON. Saying anything to someone who is in cognitive decline has extremely limited value. Why? Continue reading

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“Dementia Sucks” on the Whole Care Network

Read here about my wonderful interview with caregiver advocate and host of Healing Ties, Chris MacClellan.

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It’s ALIVE!

“Dementia Sucks: A Caregiver’s Journey – With Lessons Learned” is now on sale. You can buy it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2Bik4YW And Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dementia-sucks-tracey-s-lawrence/1127922824 Or just saunter into your favorite independent bookstore and ask for a copy. Really. That will help … Continue reading

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It’s almost here!

On May 15th, 2018, “Dementia Sucks” will be available. The book that came from this blog will be a real paperback book (and also available as a Kindle edition). The wait is nearly over. Order yours now!

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