• Here we go Loopty-Lou

    When your mom has Dementia with no short term memory, and you are taking her somewhere, you plan ahead to minimize the repetitiveness. My preparation for her doctor visit one day included printing out four pictures of various family members for mom to look at while we waited. There is no need for more because she forgets what she’s seen by the time she’s on the next picture. She studied each picture, one at a time and made the exact same comments every time. “Oh, look at this baby! Isn’t she cute? Who’s is she?” to which I’d reply “Yes she is adorable! That’s Audrey, she’s Ashley’s little girl.” and…

  • 10 Early Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

    1) Loss of sense of smell. This is one of the oddest, least-known, and often earliest signs of Parkinson's disease, but it almost always goes unrecognized until later. Patients say they were at a party and everyone was remarking on how strong a woman's perfume was, and they couldn't smell it. 2) Trouble sleeping. Neurologists stay on the alert for a sleep condition known as rapid-eye-movement behavior disorder (RBD), in which people essentially act out their dreams during REM sleep, the deepest stage of sleep. People with RBD may shout, kick, or grind their teeth. 3) Constipation and other bowel and bladder problems. One of the most common early signs…

  • Set Hammy Free!

    Consider my hamster, Hammy, creative name right? Hammy wants out of his cage more than anything. He looks at me begging with his big, brown, fur-trimmed eyes to puhleeeease let him out. He even makes little whining noises to sound pitiful, hoping to play on my sympathies so he can be released into the wilds of my living room. Hammy thinks if he can get out of his prison, be set free and allowed to roam wherever he wants, he'd be the happiest hamster ever. He doesn't understand why I won't let him out no matter how much he begs. He is oblivious to the danger that would most certainly beset him in…

  • 7 Stages of Alzheimer’s

    What do you do when your mom hand washes your paper plates and tosses your good silverware in the trash? Seem hard to believe? Not if you are a caregiver for a loved one with some form of Dementia. ​  Maybe you are at the beginning of this journey. Perhaps the doctor has just said those horrific words: Dementia, Alzheimer's, or Parkinson's Disease and you are still in shock. You may be wondering what treatments are available and what to expect. These diseases affect not only the person afflicted, but also those who are to become caregivers and their families. What exactly is Dementia and how widespread is it? The…