Imagine homeschool mom meets dementia caregiver. What do you get? “Fun Brain Games for Adults”
A new activity book for those with cognitive impairments including those in stages 4-5 of dementia. Here’s how it came about….
I homeschooled my seven children through high school. After the youngest graduated and headed off to college, my husband and I were ready to enjoy our empty nest. God had a different plan.
Three years ago I became responsible for a family member who suffers from Read more [...]
My dad gave her a card for every occasion, every holiday. St. Patrick’s Day, Flag Day, Thanksgiving, Easter, anniversary, birthday, Wednesday. You name it, he got her a card. She loved getting cards.
Since she moved to Texas, family has stopped sending cards. Her family. My siblings. No birthday cards. No Christmas cards. Mother’s Day she got a card only from me; my siblings ignore her now.
In June, with her birthday coming up, I decided to take action.
I posted on my personal social Read more [...]
Caregiving is hard. And I suck at it.
There. I said it.
I am not great at caregiving.
Despite what you may think from some of my blog posts, I am not a very good caregiver. Some days I barely muddle through.
Some days I don’t wake her up until ten so I can have an extra hour or two to myself.
Some days breakfast is microwaved. Every two weeks I make a large casserole (hash browns, sausage, peppers, onions, mushrooms, and cheese with eggs poured on top), so I can microwave some Read more [...]
Some days she will stand like this for an hour or more. Just staring. And sighing.
She doesn’t want to do anything I suggest - read, watch tv, fold her laundry, sit on the porch. Nope. She doesn’t want to do any of those things. She just stands.
It was strange, and a bit disturbing, at first. Then one day I realized how grateful I am that she can stand for an hour!
Whether she’s staring down the hall at unseen things or looking out the window at the yard, it’s not a problem behavior. Read more [...]
Remember Mixtapes? Your favorite songs recorded off the radio onto one cassette tape you loved to play over and over. You knew the words; you sang along. Those songs were familiar and comforting.
Remember when your favorite mixtape got stuck in your car radio on the way to school? You put it in and it started playing weird; the music was all wrong. You pulled it out and the tape unraveled.
After school you try to rewind it with a pencil. It takes hours. Finally, the tape is back in the case Read more [...]
This happened back in January. I’m sharing in hopes it helps someone else.
I saw how ugly my heart is that night.
Yesterday morning I was tired, and it was a gray day. I had no plans, so I put on sweats, a long-sleeve t-shirt, and a sweater jacket that had been Andrew’s. It’s the only piece of his clothing I kept to wear. It’s big on me and very soft. It’s warm. I love it. I stayed in my comfy clothes all day.
I’d taken the sweater jacket off after dinner and Read more [...]
A few weeks ago, I spent most of one day mowing our property. About six hours.
That morning, E went on adventures with her new caregiver/companion then took a nap after lunch. I mowed before she woke up, while she was gone, and while she napped.
While mowing I got something in my eye. It was painful, red, and swollen even after I washed it out numerous times. Despite the pain in my eye, I lovingly cared for E. I fixed her dinner, gave her her meds, and attempted to get her to bed.
From Read more [...]
Ruthie’s parents were told she’d never read.
Evelyn often can’t find her words.
Together they read a book today.
You should have seen the look on E’s face Monday morning when Ruthie and her sisters arrived for their reading lessons! She beamed!! She loves when kids come visit.
The girls have been told they are helping Miss Evelyn (whose brain is a bit broken) by reading aloud to her. They are glad to help.
In reality, they are all helping each other.
Evelyn has a master’s Read more [...]
Breakfast! Greek yogurt, fresh strawberries, and granola. Yum!
I noticed something odd this morning.
If her food is already on the table when she sits down, she often stares into space and ignores it. She won’t start eating until I prompt her to do so.
This morning, she was already seated at the table as I put things on her placemat. She started eating immediately, with no prompting. As I thought back, this seems to be the case most of the times I’ve served her after Read more [...]
Twice each week a Companion comes to spend two hours with E. They play games, do paperwork (as she calls her workbooks), and go on adventures.
Her Companion always gets eye level with her and introduces herself upon arrival. “Hello, E. I’m M. I’m going to spend a couple of hours with you today.”❤️❤️
Today her Companion spent a full hour with her separating a deck of card by suit then putting each suit in order by number. E loved it! It was hard, but she did it. And she enjoyed Read more [...]