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Thankful for Mummy

by Nancy Wurtzel on November 26, 2014

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My mother died one year ago today.  In some ways it seems as though she left this world decades ago and at other times it feels like yesterday.  Death takes a long time to process, even if the person has been fading away for years. My relationship with Mom wasn’t an easy one.  We often […]

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What makes someone funny?  I think my parents were funny people.  While my dad was sly and understated, my mother was more overt with her humor.  Her gig was telling the same stories over-and-over-and-over or invoking odd family sayings, which my sisters (and, now my daughter) and I still repeat (often in unison) today. These […]

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People have emailed me wanting to know more about my mother, Helen Katherine Finnie Ogle, who died last week after living with Alzheimer’s for eight years.  Here is a little about her childhood. In 1920, she was born in northwestern Iowa, the last of five siblings and the first to be born in a hospital.  […]

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Deep down, we knew it would happen, but we didn’t really have any other choice.  It was just not safe for my mother to continue to live in her senior apartment.  She needed more care, more activities, more everything. My sister and I were exhausted and we’d reached that tipping point, where if you don’t […]

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The Mummy Update

by Nancy Wurtzel on November 5, 2012

Mummy has moved.  Well, actually my sister and I did all the moving, but my mom told us she was ready and agreed on an assisted living facility in our hometown. It wasn’t an emergency situation, but we had definitely reached the tipping point.  The bottom line was that it was no longer safe for […]

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Dementia doesn’t discriminate.  It doesn’t give a rats ass who you are, what you have accomplished in life or how much money you have accumulated. You could be a homemaker, a file clerk, a dentist, a teacher or even a former President of the United States.  Dementia could still find you.  In fact, if you […]

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Sometimes life becomes a little overwhelming and a break is needed.  I’ve been on one of these little time-outs for the past few weeks, but I’m feeling better and will be blogging original material very soon.  In the meantime, here is a post from 2010 — when I first began blogging — that I wrote […]

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When I was a kid we rarely went to the doctor.  Something had to be broken or one of us knocked unconscious — for a prolonged period — before my mother would toss the afflicted party into the back seat of the car and speed off to the only clinic in town. That’s right, there was one medical […]

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I’m leaving on a jet plane.  Well, not exactly. I’m actually leaving next week in my white Camry hybrid and heading back to Minnesota, to the little town where I was born and raised. To give you some perspective, I’m leaving Los Angeles — a city of, well, everything — and returning to my hometown […]

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I’m in Boston with my lovely daughter.  In just a few days, she begins college — a whole new life adventure.  I’m happy and exited for her and maybe even a little excited for myself as this next chapter opens up so many possibilities for both of us. This past summer has been a blur […]

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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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Over the years my daughter has given me an array of wonderful Mother’s Day gifts.  When she was little, they were all handmade items like sweet cards and pictures, decorated wooden boxes and hand-strung jewelry.  I’ve kept them all.  They are treasures beyond value and each one brings a smile and a cherished memory. My […]

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