Response to ‘My Father is in the last stage of dementia’ on AgingCare

I haven’t visited my favorite caregiving website as much as I used to. It’s still too painful. But this morning, I did.  And there was a question from someone whose father had dementia, and I found myself answering her question with more detail than I had anticipated.

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It’s not insomnia – it’s ‘segmented sleep’

I was reading the latest  J. Peterman catalog (Mom collected them as they were such fun to look through) and came across a statement that piqued my curiosity: “Your ancestors slept twice during the night.”

I had never heard of such a thing, and Googled it to learn more.

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Important Safety Information and Indications for LATUDA – Please read

latudaI was doing some research a few minutes ago, and the attached graphic on the right and the text copied below came up on my screen.  Although my mother has now been gone for four months, I am horrified at the pills that are sometimes given to people with dementia. I am so grateful that my mother never took any medicines.  She may have been a bit forgetful, but she was a sweetheart.

Please read the text below.  Even if you are not a caregiver, you may know someone who is.  I haven’t changed a single word of the advert.  This medication is NOT to be given to the elderly!!

There are other, safer and more natural ways to manage depression, agitation, irritability, and dementia.

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One Year Anniversary

Today marks the one year mark of my blog and the anniversary of Beethoven’s 246th birthday.  (See my first blog, Music Therapy.) I have just finished watching, “Immortal Beloved.” Again. This year, I shared some of it with my son.  You’re never too young or old to learn about Ludwig.

A whole year has gone by since I started writing about natural caregimmortal-beloved-dvdiving, and so very much has changed for me. I wouldn’t know where to begin, so I won’t. I don’t want to look back – I am facing forward. What I do understand though is that many of us put our focus on things that don’t really matter, things that seem to give us pleasure, but in the long run, are inconsequential. I’m glad I spent time with Mom, even if it did mean forsaking a lot of things I might otherwise have done. I received far more than I gave up.

As she would always say, “People are more important than things.” Amen.

 

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“It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,” says the White Queen to Alice.