Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Sky: Finding a Spot

Right now I’m reading yet another book from the library about dementia. By now, I’ve at least glanced at each book in their collection, and read a number of them from cover to cover with care and interest. What’s different for me about this one is that it’s targeted to caregivers. So far I’ve been avoiding these books, fussing that they ignore the unique experience and needs of those of us living with the brain assault directly. Instead, they can get caught up in the details of coping with all the problems the affected person brings along to the family members caring for them.

Until this book came along, it’s been easy to whine a variation of, “I know that most caregivers have thankless jobs and need all the support they can find, but….” or, crankier, “Hey, I’m the one with the incurable, fatal disease here, how come I have to search so hard for a little support?”

Friday, December 8, 2017

Sky: Alzheimer's Canyon, Part 9

Our hardy traveller has decided to cast his lot with the invisible cowboy, but first a trip to the store…

“Hey, Dusty, I don’t know where we’re going, but I would REALLY appreciate getting out of this plastic monstrosity," I let him know. “As you know too well, I got nothing. NUTTIN’ LEFT after that trip through the SANI-FLUSH!!"

“Sure buddy! What do you want? Brooks Brothers? LL Bean? Salvation Army?”

“I don’t think you’re getting it yet, Dusty. A few hours ago I had my car, three credit cards, $450 in cash and an EZ Pass. Now, look at me, all of it GONE!”

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sky: Neuro-Op

Ever heard of a neuro-ophthalmologist?

Well... I know I hadn’t, until the day I needed one.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Jane: Kudos to the Netherlands!

In a move to make the entire country of the Netherlands "dementia-friendly," they have created a website with tips and training modules for people in business, government, and health care. This is amazing! Once certified, a business or institution will be able to carry a logo indicating that they are dementia-friendly. Anyone want to do this in your own community?

Check it out: https://samendementievriendelijk.nl/tips-omgaan-met-dementie (No fear, it translates to English....)