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The Truck Stop Crawl | by Linda Brendle

Truck Stop CrawlParenting is never easy, especially on the road. When the objects of said parenting are not cute little rug rats but rather sweet octogenarians with Alzheimer’s, traveling can be even more challenging.

“I have to go NOW!” Dad said on a trip from Tampa to Dallas. (more…)

Quotes from A Long and Winding Road – Navy Showers | by Linda Brendle

Navy Showers

What I failed to consider is that nothing is easy when Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia are involved. Personal hygiene was a continuing issue, both during our seven-week RV trip and throughout the many years I cared for Mom and Dad. Caregivers learn to take into consideration the limitations of their loved ones, we learn to choose our battles, and sometimes we learn to rely on wet wipes and lots of deodorant.

Blessings,

Linda

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Quotes from A Long and Winding Road – Honor and Privilege | by Linda Brendle

I have exciting news. A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos will be available in print some time in early 2015. I will share more details as I get them.

Honor and privilege

Blessings,

Linda

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Quotes from A Long and Winding Road – Drifting Away | by Linda Brendle

Drifting Away

Blessings,

Linda

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Celebrating Christian Piatt – Again! |by Linda Brendle

Christians first birthday

Last year on October 7, I wrote about the day Christian was born. This year, I thought I’d tell you about his first birthday.

We didn’t have a big blowout on his big day–no clowns or ponies or giant mice serving pizza–just four adoring adults celebrating the new life that had come into our family twelve months before. His dad and I drove down to Mom and Dad’s weekend retreat at Cedar Creek Lake for the weekend, and we had a party for five. Instead of a traditional cake, I made cupcakes. I inverted ice cream cones over the batter so the cakes would rise into them. The idea was that the cone would provide a clean and easy way for a one-year-old boy to eat his cake. As you can see, he had other ideas.

His presents were simple ones. He received a couple of toys he could push or pull as he practiced his newly acquired walking skills. He also got a Busy Bath which we put to good use once he was finished smearing cake and frosting all over himself.

Christian, even though their memories of you got lost in the dementia,Mom and Dad adored you to the end. As for me, I still consider being you mom as one of the greatest blessings of my life.

Happy Birthday,

Mom

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Caregiver Quotes and Tips – How You Make Them Feel | by Linda Brendle

How you made them feel

I found this on Pinterest, and it reminded me of one of my favorite Alzheimer’s stories, a story that was attributed to Ronald Reagan. I couldn’t verify if actually happened to the Reagan family, but regardless of the source, it is a sweet story with a sweet message.

Supposedly, after President Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, his son visited him regularly in the residential care facility where he lived. One day as his son left, President Reagan looked at his caregiver and said, “I don’t know who that man is, but he always gives me a hug.”

Your loved one may not remember who you are–as Mom’s condition worsened, she was more likely to talk about me than to me. Even when she couldn’t remember my name, though, she always seemed to remember that she felt safe with me.

Blessings,

Linda

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Caregiver Quotes and Tips – Don’t Dwell On the Disease | by Linda Brendle

Don't Dwell on the disease

While I was caregiving, I spent too much time focusing on Alzheimer’s and what it had taken away instead of valuing what it had left behind. Even when she couldn’t remember what the preacher said for five minutes Mom still had a sweet, clear soprano voice, and she loved to participate in the praise and worship portion of the church service. Dad could no longer balance his checkbook or remember what day it was, but he could still crack a corny joke, often at his own expense, that made everyone groan and laugh at the same time. And when they were no longer sure of how long they had been together or how they came to be where they were, they still smiled, kissed, held hands, and expressed a love that had survived every effort of dementia to steal away those sweet memories.

Blessings,

Linda

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