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Alzheimer’s disease is the pits.  Yet, even in the midst of all the pain, frustration and anger, there is sometimes the funny. Oh sure, the humor isn’t the hilarious, laugh-out-loud kind, but it certainly can make you smile or relieve the mundane that is so much of a caregiver’s world. It’s okay to find the […]

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This is a short post, since I’m leaving tomorrow on a trip to Cancun. My best college pal is going to a conference and I’m tagging along — flying on the cheap and camping out in my friend’s suite. Today, I’ve been packing like a mad woman and going through a huge stack of books […]

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Life in my small Minnesota town is markedly different than living in sprawling Los Angeles.  I’ve taken to keeping a journal handy so I can write down some of my experiences that I find amusing, irritating or sometimes just plain startling. Sadly, I’m probably the only one here who thinks these happenings are unusual — […]

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Like everyone, sometimes I get discouraged and I question life.  How am I contributing?  What happened to my big dreams? Will I ever find a love-partner? What can I do to add more excitement and meaning to my life?  On a particularly low day, I might even think: Is this all there is? But then […]

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This is just a friendly reminder that I’m nominated by KCBS TV for “LA’s Most Valuable Blogs” and asking you to cast a vote for me through Sept 9.  To vote, just click here.  Yes, it seems a little silly to keep beating this drum incessantly since the contest involves no money, no big prize […]

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She’s officially launched. The girl who writes, laughs, reads, feels deeply and longs for adventure. The girl who has never been away from home for more than three weeks, yet chose a large urban college far, far away from her suburban roots. The bright and talented girl who can drive me to distraction and then […]

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[pinit]Post image for Mummy & the Jam Jar: Keep Your Sense of Humor When Talking With Aging Parents

Caregivers Benefit From a Sense of Humor Keep your sense of humor. It’s become my new “pep talk” mantra to myself.  After all, I’m a menopausal, single parent, soon to be empty nester who is trying to restart a career and I have a mom who is in the moderate stages of dementia.  That’s a […]

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My darling daughter has made her college choice — a big school in the heart of Boston. Applying for colleges and deciding which one to attend is an enormous process that takes hours of research, the stamina of the young and a bank account that can stay afloat after repeated debits for a very wide […]

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