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."

My interview with Max Wallack, founder of Puzzles To Remember, an organization that provides puzzles to nursing homes that care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, proves that no matter how old you are, you can make a huge difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and dementias. Wallack first witnessed the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease when […]

There Are NO Alzheimer’s or Dementia Survivors. None. Zero. Zip. Nil. That’s a Problem.

May 19, 2013

It was around 8pm last night when I started watching some of the videos I had taken of my mom. In the more recent ones, she is yelling — a lot. That’s all she can do. She can’t talk. I take these videos because, I feel like people don’t believe me when I say, ‘I […]

Five Survival Tips for Caregivers

February 13, 2013

Dear hospice and nursing home (names of providers removed because I have enough problems, frankly), Thank you for making late/end stage dementia even more awful by not coordinating your care of my mom, by failing to communicate with me, by making me feel like I’m making poor decisions on her behalf, by one day telling […]

I don’t tend to get pissed off very often… you know, the kind of pissed-off-rage that suddenly comes over you like a blanket, only to have this urge to hit something (or someone). That feeling or moment came over me last Sunday…………………………. I took my mom to church and although I was prepared — she […]

I want to help people like me. People who are doggy paddling their way through this horrible mess. I suppose I feel like my dad and I have had to figure things out the really, really hard way……. so why not pass along the lessons we’ve learned. TIP#4,592,569: When you’re with your parent, live in […]

I don’t know if I’m a good daughter…. My two cousins and aunt (mom’s sister and her two nephews)  blasted me a few months ago because of the name of the blog… My DEMENTED Mom. The word demented when translated into Spanish is apparently a not very kind word. I can’t say much about that. […]

Random morning, pre-work thought……….. in Arizona, we’re going back and forth about SB1070, a bill that would allow law enforcement to ask an individual for his or her documents proving that he or she should be in the country LEGALLY. A big brewhaha. But this got me thinking…… as people fret over the bill and […]

I have a few friends that I know I can call or send a message on Facebook who will answer ASAP….. If something happens with my mom and I need to talk. I know one of them will be there. Interesting thing, we don’t talk much outside of Alzheimer’s. Even when I lived in New […]

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