My Demented Mom

5 million Americans suffer from Dementia. My mom is one of them. A site for young adult caregivers struggling and coping with "the long goodbye."

Mother’s Day is an awkward holiday. I say awkward because while I understand why we make such a fuss about this day, I can’t help but find it to be somewhat, well, insensitive — to put it bluntly, Mother’s Day is another reminder of what I, and others like me, don’t have. My mother is …

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My dad used to call me his “princess” or “buckaroo.” Not anymore. My dad was always my favorite parent. He wasn’t exactly the disciplinarian, unless I did something really bad like crash my car—5 times (only 3 accidents were technically my fault)—and he would always indulge me whenever he could. The perks of being an …

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I’m just gonna say it. I am not digging Christmas this year. At all. 2009 has been, all in all, a challenging year for me and I just don’t feeling like toasting the holidays. OK, maybe I’m focusing more on the negatives of the year — there have been plenty…… but lots of positives too. …

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The title of this entry pretty much sums it up: My mom has no idea that Christmas is just a little more than a week away. I suppose I shouldn’t be that surprised, but I am. Christmas was never a huge ordeal in my home—it was usually just the three of us: me, mom, dad, …

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Hanging in my kitchen, I have a plastic butterfly that my mom painted at her adult day care center. I keep this little masterpiece around not just because it reminds me of my  mom, but it’s actually very well done, in my humble opinion. Mom knows how to choose her paints! Of course,  it should …

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Celebrating the holidays with a demented parent is sometimes just plain sad. It was maybe three Thanksgivings ago when I first realized my mom had no idea what we were doing or why. All she wanted to do was eat and watch her TV show… Wheel of Fortune. I was so hurt and annoyed that …

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