Category Archives: assisted living

The Gray Line

Mom seemed to be settling nicely into her new home. I was glad she found a boyfriend (and as per her recent pattern, soon dumped him for another). Then her falls started. The first one yielded a bruised hip. X-rays … Continue reading

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Another Moving Experience

For the last three years, my mom has lived in two memory care group homes. When she arrived in her first one, she was at an awkward stage of her illness; she had moderate dementia and profound psychosis. She’d been … Continue reading

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Coping Strategies for Caring Kids

When roles begin to reverse between parents and children, there’s bound to be friction. Parents who’ve always been independent resist the intervention of their kids. Whether it’s control, not wishing to be a burden, or a combination, the need to … Continue reading

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Happy New Fears

My husband is in a quandary about how to spend New Year’s Eve. He remarked this week about how his favorite celebration in the last few years was spent at home, toasting the arrival of the New Year with champagne … Continue reading

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At the Holidays

It’s been some time since my last post and I suspect it will be a while before I post again. I wanted to give folks a little update. Mom is still with us, although her language capabilities continue to deteriorate. … Continue reading

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Seeing Through The Anger

Visiting my mother is not easy. I have to do it. I need to monitor what goes on at her group home and make sure she’s getting everything she needs. Vigilance is required, because things change: Mom’s condition, the staff, … Continue reading

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Coping Strategies for Caring Kids

Originally posted on Light of Gray:
As our parents become less able, we need to become creative in finding ways to help them. The first response to any kind of enabling technology is usually flat-out rejection. “I don’t need that!”…

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