It Was Driving Me Crazy

It Was Driving Me Crazy

My local paper ran a story about a woman who turned left in front of oncoming traffic. She was badly injured and it killed her friend of 30 years. She had been diagnosed with dementia three years earlier. I cannot imagine allowing Mom to continue to drive three years...
Mom Didn’t Care for Caregiving

Mom Didn’t Care for Caregiving

In the past, Mom happily filled her days taking care of her family and running the household.  With the exception of the occasional housecleaning service, she didn’t hire much help.  The thought of having someone from an agency with her all day to help with chores...
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...