Can you spot the problem in this photo? I saw this ad in my dad’s “Military Officer” magazine for a place called Patriots Colony, a LifeCare community exclusively for retired military officers and retired federal civil employees and their spouses. I found the photo manipulative in the implication that you can be young and hip here… Continue reading Senior Selfies? Don’t Let Tech Pass You By
A few days ago I mentioned Dad wanting a Sleep Number mattress for his birthday. Recap: When I discussed the economic implications of it he asked if he could have a pedicure instead. I promised him that when his sons arrived to celebrate his birthday I’d have them go with him to get it. That… Continue reading What Do You Give an Old Man?
That’s the age of Pearl’s son, Get a load of Anthony tonight! I’m thinking ’bout why he’s not shy. Some might whisper, “My, Oh my!” Anthony is 101 tonight! Good ol’ Dad’s 101st birthday gave us another excuse to have a party. (Thanks to Madison Potter for the video and Rod Stewart and Queen Latifa.)… Continue reading 101 Years of Fun
One year ago today this is how we celebrated my Dad’s 100th birthday: The foodThe guestsThe family This year it will be more low key. The day after Dad turned 100 I looked at him and asked, “Now what?” Dad said, “We’ll do this again next year!” Suddenly it’s next year. I’m looking at my… Continue reading That Was Then but This Is Now
The countdown is on…to Dad’s 101st birthday. So what does a man who is 5 days shy of 101 dream about? Blue skies ahead? Strumming harps? Billowy clouds? Let me tell you about Dad’s dream this morning. He apparently was in a very deep sleep because although I touched his leg twice he didn’t stir.… Continue reading The Taxman Cometh
from Family Caregiver Alliance Definition Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) is a progressive degenerative disease or syndrome of the brain. It shares symptoms,and sometimes overlaps, with several diseases, especially Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. People who develop DLB have behavioral and memory symptoms of dementia like those of Alzheimer’s Disease and, to varying extents, the physical, motor… Continue reading DLB + LBD= Alphabet Soup
My dad’s pretty sharp but I didn’t know he was into bait and switch. With his birthday rapidly approaching, he is beginning his annual “I know what I want for my birthday” conversation. Tonight when I asked him “what?” he told me a Sleep Number mattress. In truth we have this conversation about every 2… Continue reading Sleep Like the Dead
Sharon got a call that her Bishop wanted to speak with her. She drove to the church and waited for her appointment with him. The Bishop told her he had a new calling for her, that of teaching the 3-year olds in Primary. She respectfully declined. He then offered her the position of cub scout… Continue reading Did You Think to Ask?
September 5, 2010 – The first night – from sister Sandy’s journal entry “We actually had a good drive to Laguna Niguel. Mom was very peaceful and didn’t seem to be in much pain. Mar and I drove dad’s car. Mom and Dad sat in back most of the trip and Marlene and I chatted… Continue reading Is There a Doctor in the House?
One of the reasons I began this blog was to share what I’ve learned over the past five years about aging and the world behind the locked closed door. When I took on the responsibility of caring for my parents full-time I thought I was prepared. I wasn’t too worried about the challenge of managing… Continue reading Taking a Look Inside