Author Archives: traceysl

About traceysl

Author of the groundbreaking book "Dementia Sucks", Post Hill Press, May, 2018. Having cared for my father, who died in 2004, and 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 Family Coaching / Support Services. I am also a professional speaker, offering programs for staying healthy and productive while caring for others. In this way, I share my knowledge and give meaning to the tragic turn of my parents' journey through the misery of dementia.

Penny for My Thoughts

Knowing something’s coming doesn’t mean you’re ready for it. From the day I brought Penny home, I knew she was a short-term gift. She was just turning 12. Yorkies are supposed to live longer than bigger breeds, but anything past … Continue reading

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Sanity Snack Guest Blog

I was invited to share caregiving advice as a guest blogger. You might want to take a peek. It’s short and sweet.

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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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