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Those of us who are Alzheimer’s caregivers are used to seeing abilities ebb away.  My mom — whom we call Mummy — was once a highly social person who always had to stay busy.  Cooking and baking were her passions, and so were endless games of cards with family and friends. However, those days are […]

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The Mummy Update

by Nancy Wurtzel on November 5, 2012

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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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I overslept this morning and just like that all of my grand New Year’s resolutions went out the window.  You see, my plan for 2012 was to get up early, meditate, stretch, deep breathe, eat a healthy breakfast and then dutifully blog over a cup of fresh brewed coffee.  This would be my new morning […]

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Last weekend I took my Mom to dinner at the only local restaurant — a sports bar with a dining room off to the side — that is really any good.  We were having a nice chicken meal with starchy fixins when Mummy suddenly said, “Say…I think I’m ready to die.”  Die?  We’d just been […]

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My Mom called me this morning.  However, this is what we refer to in the Midwest as a mixed blessing.  It was encouraging because Mummy has a very difficult time using the phone for outgoing calls and it often takes her several attempts to reach the person she wants to speak with.  On the other […]

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I am here, no longer there.  The long drive from California to Minnesota seems like it happened months ago.  For the past five days, I’ve been unpacking the boxes which were shipped ahead and everything I had squeezed into my Camry Hybrid — and I do mean squeezed. When my college friend, Camille, met me […]

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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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The Long Trip Home

by Nancy Wurtzel on March 10, 2011

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We’re at 10,000 feet and everyone is reaching under the seat in front of them for their electronic devices. Ear buds and iPods abound while dozens of laptops are fired up with the familiar logging on tones echoing together. Window shades are lowered, the movie starts and seats recline. Logging on to wifi, I discover […]

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