It’s a new year and things continue fairly calm – a real blessing. There’s been time to reflect and energy to get to some projects that have been on the list for years, in some cases. The stair carpeting project, for one – now, when I look across the living room at the stairway I … More Responsibility!
Well, the first snow of the season yesterday left a few inches and the world is totally gorgeous today – bright sun and snow-laden pines cheering people up. Everyone you see comments on how beautiful it is. Of course, it’s a pain in the neck, too – slippery walks, hazardous driving, cold temps – but … More Winter Wonder
I’ve skipped over an important event from this summer because I was too conflicted about how I handled it at the time, and was not sure what to say about it. But family members deserve to hear how it turned out, and I expect the dilemma will resonate with other caregivers, so here goes. The … More Apology & New Learning
After the realization a month ago that my mood so directly influences J’s, I’ve been channeling warmth and calm as steadily as I can – the result, a warm and cheerful atmosphere in the house. It took a long time for me to “get” this. It seems there are stages of acceptance with this condition … More Adaptation and Some Pleasant Results
Boy, I blew it today – but I also realized more clearly the way we influence each other now. We’d been having a good, calm week – pleasant and well-balanced with activities and rest. The morning had been friendly and easy; we went grocery shopping and to the adjacent farmer’s market. I had thrown in … More I’m Learning How it Works
Thinking about the project of maintaining a calm atmosphere at home, and how that is no longer a luxury or a by-product but rather the entire objective these days. I think this has become so much more important as J’s ability to learn new things and to remember how to initiate and do once-familiar things … More The Calm Day
It’s been a year since starting this blog. The first diagnosis of MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment) was three and a half years ago, and six months after that the tests were consistent with early Alzheimer disease. So these past 3 years have been a very slow and gradual increase in memory problems and cognitive changes … More Dependence Day & the Mantra