Here’s What Happened

Here’s What Happened

  Here’s What Happened Updated 9/23/17: Early this year, I took an unexplained leave of absence from sending out my weekly newsletter. My amazing readers reached out to see if I’d fallen off the planet. I told them what happened.   How We Met Our...
More Entries on The Road Map: Dying

More Entries on The Road Map: Dying

When I write about my experiences working with over 1,100 people living with dementia and their families, I think of it as “a way to somehow make sense of what can often feel inexplicable,” I recently told my readers. “It’s a way to try to construct a road map for...
A Few Markers on The Roadmap of Grief

A Few Markers on The Roadmap of Grief

Updated August 6, 2017 Making A Roadmap I try to share something that would be helpful to you in my blog posts. Something about communication, “behavior” management, planning ahead, making the decision to move to memory care, medications, what have you....
A Woman Worth Knowing

A Woman Worth Knowing

A Woman Worth Knowing The call from the staff came at 9:46 AM: Florence had lost her ability to swallow.  Things progressed quickly from there. I’m glossing over the details now, the things that all families go through in the final days.  It’s too raw...
A String of Good Days

A String of Good Days

Updated 9/23/17 A String of Good Days I have again succumbed to the “string of good days” syndrome, not realizing I was adjusting my definition of “good” along the way.   Quality of Life When I was interviewed a couple of months ago for a story in the Portland...