We have a large extended family on my Dad's side. Two years ago we had a family reunion, and if everyone would have attended, there would have been about 130 people spanning 4 generations. Everyone is very sweet and well-meaninged .... to your face. But when it comes down to execution? Crickets. My eldest cousin… Continue reading Family….
For the last couple weeks Dad calls out and asks "who is that little girl in the hallway?". Well, we live in a single family home, so there is no little girl. I know it's the Azheimer's talking. 😦 The first time this happened, I chalked it up to he must have been having a… Continue reading Who’s That Little Girl?
I don't know how many years ago Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease (I was living out of state and travelling out of the country). But I do remember there was a time that he was displaying very aggressive, angry behavior toward my Mom. I would be talking with her on the phone and I… Continue reading Dad & Dementia Meds
Today is Dad's 93rd birthday. Indeed a blessing!! Yesterday, I asked him if he knew what tomorrow was. I mentioned the date to see if that would be recognizable. He thought about it for a minute, but it didn't come to him. Then I told him it was his birthday and he remarked, "Oh, is… Continue reading Blessing Day
Growing up, I learned quite quickly, that lying to Dad was definitely not a good idea. He either had that special version of parental ESP or heightened Spidey Senses, that always resulted in him finding out the truth..... pretty darn quick. Or I just sucked at lying. Actually, it was likely a little bit of… Continue reading Little White Lies
Is it just me? Or do others experience this? Most mornings I am woken up by Mom calling me for assistance for either she or my Dad. But there are a few mornings when I wake up on my own. I pass the room they are in on my way to the bathroom. Naturally, I… Continue reading Is It Just Me?
As I mentioned at the end of last month's post My Experience Hiring Respite Care, I have received a new award for respite for the remainder of 2019 through the Alzheimer's Association. I asked if I had to work with an agency, or could we hire someone independently? Yes, we can, however the award will… Continue reading Respite Care .. Part2
I guess I've always been Daddy's Little Girl. My mom laments that my first word was Dada! And as a young girl, I called him Daddy-O. He's a proud man of Sicilian decent, and devoutly religious, even at 92 years old. He never wanted or tried to be the center of attention, but he had… Continue reading Introducing My Dad Frank
Hi! My name is Su. I'm the oldest of three, and the only daughter. I am divorced and have two fabulous daughters, now in their 20s. I didn't plan on becoming a caregiver....at least not consciously. But, I suspect that my dad had been subliminally planting the seed in my brain over 45 years ago!… Continue reading A Little About Me