You Can Take This to the Bank!

You Can Take This to the Bank!

I didn’t know it at the time, but getting my name on Mom’s checking account was only the beginning of helping her with finances. Money issues can be challenging as a general rule, but when your loved one is increasingly confused or forgetful and not realizing that...
Mom Wasn’t Missing, but the Pills Were

Mom Wasn’t Missing, but the Pills Were

As I described in my last blog, Mom and I left the neurologist’s office with an order for a brain scan and a ten-day sample pill pack of the drug called Aricept. Aricept is very commonly prescribed for MCI or the beginning stage of Alzheimer’s. The pills were each in...
Our Doctor Failed Bedside Manner 101

Our Doctor Failed Bedside Manner 101

I had already taken Mom to see her general practitioner, but after six months of uncertainty and confusion about her behavior, it was time to see a neurologist. I needed a specialist to tell me what was going on with Mom’s brain. I chose a doctor affiliated with a...
$2,000 Gone, But Not Forgotten

$2,000 Gone, But Not Forgotten

Mom had been experiencing Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) for about six months at this point, and I was only starting to come out of my denial that something was horribly wrong. Mom was 75 years old, active, looked the picture of health, and could fool anyone who...
What?  You Bought a What??

What? You Bought a What??

One of my recent blogs was about getting a cat for Mom to keep her company. We thought that a cat would be easy, or at least easier than a dog. It was a failed experiment and Diesel came home to live with us. One afternoon, I called Mom to see how she was doing. I...