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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 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 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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Parental Journal 95 from Planet Elderly: Wearing Three Bras Today?

Our Routine I visit almost every day…mid-morning.  Some folks wonder why, but I enjoy being part of Mom’s community.  I’m probably still dealing with a bit of guilt for changing Mom’s life so dramatically when I moved her down here … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 94 from Planet Elderly – Visiting Miss Pearl and Friends

October 9, 2017 – afternoon Mom’s been living at her memory care community for a little over six months.  I visit her every day unless I’m out of town (rarely) or dealing with something like the upper respiratory virus I’ve … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 92 from Planet Elderly: About that 91st Birthday

Saturday, August 19, 2017 – afternoon Tears I have lots of nice memories floating in my mind from Mom’s 91st birthday, and they start with tears.  I was assembling Mom’s gift bag, wrapping new clothing items in pink tissue paper … Continue reading

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