A Swing Set

My brother recently purchased a new home and in the backyard, there is a single swing left by the previous owner. While at his house for a visit I thought of a resident I worked with several years ago who once said, “I wish there was a swing set for us old people. We wantContinue reading “A Swing Set”

Key Resources

Every Monday in July over on the Facebook page I featured books I see as Key Resources. Here is the recap. Start with Yes! by Cathy Braxton and Tami Neumann Weeds in Nana’s Garden by Kathryn Harrison The Penelope Project by Anne Basting, Maureen Towey, and Ellie Rose Being Mortal by Atul Gawande  

May I Introduce​ To You…

Every Friday in July over on the Facebook Page, I introduced a few people that I follow. Many are dementia specific, others aging, and some about life.  I want to share with you today these individuals and organizations.   Distinctive Renovations (CAPS and UDCP) Home and Place Podcast Gianna Homes Music and Memory Chicago Dance TherapyContinue reading “May I Introduce​ To You…”

Dementia as Trickster

Dementia is a Trickster! It changes what we know to be true about life. It upsets the plan. It causes us to shift the trajectory of our life and as a result, we learn, we grow, and we are challenged. Dementia is a trickster that hides from us in times of introduction or brief meetings,Continue reading “Dementia as Trickster”

A Home to Shelter and Give Life

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place we can go as we are and not be questioned.” -Maya Angelou Home has a fluid definition with a different answer given each time the word is brought up. Home is the topic of movies, TV shows, plays, songs. It is a placeContinue reading “A Home to Shelter and Give Life”

The In-Between

“You have personality, Honey. That is so important in a woman!” -Mary R.  These words were repeated to me each day by a woman I once worked with, and for, in an assisted living community in North East Wisconsin. She was vibrant, she was honest, and she gave us a new way to look atContinue reading “The In-Between”

Appleton Flag Day Parade

This past Saturday was the 68th Annual Appleton Flag Day Parade. My parade as I would call it. You see, I was born on Flag Day, and it was a family tradition to walk down to the parade every year when I was younger. I have fond memories of this time. Every year I thinkContinue reading “Appleton Flag Day Parade”

A New Partnership

Well, here we are three days after we last “spoke” with each other. Time got away from me and the posts just never made it up. It was a holiday weekend and I was spending it with my family, not always relaxing, but doing things somewhat together and for each other, and before I knewContinue reading “A New Partnership”

One Year!

ONE YEAR!!! Okay, maybe I shouldn’t shout, but I am happy to say it has been one year since I formalized my work with dementia into what I have been calling Bonae Memoriae. Over the next four days, I will be writing posts and sharing news about where I have been, where I am now,Continue reading “One Year!”

Faith and Dementia

As some of you may know, I have started a ministry that partners my work with those living with dementia. It is called the St. Dymphna Dementia Ministry. Today May 15th is St. Dymphna’s feast day. She lived in Ireland in the 7th century and in addition to being known as a patron saint ofContinue reading “Faith and Dementia”