Author Archives: jjmummert

About jjmummert

Just another voice in the wilderness from someone who's lived on this planet for over 70 years and faces permanent residency on Planet Elderly. Update: As of March 2, 2017, I turned 70. I'm now an official resident of Planet Elderly. Dad passed away September 22, 2016. In late March 2017 I was able to move Mom closer to me where she resided at a memory care assisted living community until being downsized to a skilled nursing senior community in October 2018 in Columbia, Missouri. I view the Parental Journal entries as part therapy, part family history, sort of a case study of our family's journey with dementia. It's quite an adventure. Recommended readings for others who have loved ones who live with some form of dementia: The 36-Hour Day; the website: https://www.agingcare.com/ ; https://www.alz.org/

Parental Journal 111 from Planet Elderly: Covid Greetings from Mom

August 5, 2020 – early afternoon Terrific Visits Once I began driving after my knee replacement surgery, I was able to resume some “chatterbox” visits with Mom, and they were terrific.  They are held inside, which was awesome because outside … Continue reading

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Four Weeks after Knee Replacement

July 16, 2020  mid-afternoon Just a short post that the recovery from my knee replacement is going well. After two weeks, I was no longer using the walker.  It just seemed to get in the way.  I never transitioned to … Continue reading

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Two Weeks After Knee Replacement: Doing Well

July 1, 2020, early morning Looking Back Things move along pretty quickly with knee replacement surgery, and my situation was no exception. The surgery previous to mine ended early, so I was hustled along an hour earlier than scheduled.  I … Continue reading

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Have a Knee Replacement in the Middle of a Pandemic? Oh, Hell. Why Not?

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 I Could Have Blamed Chubby Checker …but because it happened so long ago, I won’t.  I was a young teenager, home alone after school, listening to the radio, and all of a sudden I heard the … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 110 from Planet Elderly: New Chatterbox Visit Setup with Mom

June 10, 2020 late morning   Chatterbox Setup When I visited Mom Monday at 11, Lenoir Woods had a new setup for visiting called Chatterbox.  I don’t know if this is something circulating in care homes or if this is … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 109 from Planet Elderly: Pandemic Window Visit with Mom

Now I See You! I was thrilled to receive an email from Lenoir Woods, Mom’s long term care community, inviting me to have a window visit with her.  We had had a Zoom visit, but this would be a wonderful … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 108 from Planet Elderly: First Zoom Session with Mom

Monday, May 5, 2020   early afternoon   “Your Teeth Are So White” I am very grateful for some Zoom time with Mom a while back.  It was arranged by the Director of Activities. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 107 from Planet Elderly: Visits No Longer Allowed

Sunday, March 15, 2020   late afternoon Alone Like many who are no longer permitted to visit loved ones in nursing homes, I’m concerned about my mom feeling alone.  However, I trust that staff have tried to explain the coronavirus situation … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 106 from Planet Elderly: “You look familiar.”

Sunday  February 16, 2020 – afternoon When I stopped in to see Mom today, she was sitting in a chair in the TV area.  I walked up to her and said, “Hi, Mom.  How ya doin’?” She smiled, looked at … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 105 from Planet Elderly: Christmastime 2019

Thursday, December 26, 2019 It’s Sad Looking back on the past week or so, it’s sad to know that Mom isn’t remembering any of it.  Not the area Christmas party with gifts, snacks ,and music…not the Christmas dinner we enjoyed … Continue reading

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