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 102 from Planet Elderly: Mom’s 93rd Birthday

August 22, 2019 – late afternoon On August 16, 2019 Mom turned 93.  Early that morning, I sent an email to pals announcing the occasion and what was planned: Lenoir will make her a small, beautiful cake (she ordered chocolate) … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 101 from Planet Elderly: Naming Mom’s Toilet and Other Realities of Dementia

Morning, June 17, 2019 For the past several months, Mom has been coasting along quite well in the Woods Central neighborhood of Lenoir Woods. Walker?  What Walker?  Mom is the only resident who does not use a wheelchair, although she … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 100 from Planet Elderly: Mom Was My Valentine and It Was the Best Valentine’s Day Ever

February 20, 2019 The planned Valentine’s Day party at Mom’s community included the C Rock City Band from here in Columbia.  They specialize in classic hits from the 60s and 70s. And this party wasn’t for the whole Lenoir Woods … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 99 from Planet Elderly: Mom Now Resides in a Skilled Nursing Community

The journey with dementia moves onward, and during the past couple of months Mom has fallen a few times.  Watching her gait over the summer, I could see that fall episodes would start in the near future. In September, she … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 98 from Planet Elderly: “I Need to Find Myself”

Tues. July 31, 2018 Mom and I have been coasting along with a regular schedule for the past year and four months since she moved into assisted living memory care. Shelter Gardens outing Spring 2018   Our current schedule includes … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 97 from Planet Elderly – There’s a Sadness Settling In

January 8, 2018 afternoon Mom has been at her assisted living memory care community for almost 10 months now.  I am so fortunate that, although difficult in the first few months, she acclimated better than I thought.  I owe a … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 96 from Planet Elderly – Christmas at The Arbors 2017

Although it was a quiet Christmas this year, it was meaningful. The decorations at The Arbors were beautiful, especially the spectacular Christmas tree.  Mom loved it…and kept insisting that “it’s been up for two years.”  Not sure how she came … Continue reading

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