why does everything seem to take longer than you think it will?

I must be a terrible judge of timing … or maybe adjusting to “elder time” has slowed down “my time”.

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So, I thought I was back on track with blogging but I guess I wasn’t quite there! I’m prepping a few posts so that I can get back into the routine of posting a few times per week. I think it’s one of the greatest challenges of blogging – you start out with ideas and energy and thoughts come spilling out … then it tapers off … and then life happens and it becomes an effort to keep up the blogging routine.  Continue reading “why does everything seem to take longer than you think it will?”

book #2: funny and sad

Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast is a terrific and honest book.

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Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? was a National Book Award finalist, a National Book Critics Circle winner and won a host of other awards. The author, Roz Chast, is a cartoonist and this memoir is written in that format, so it’s a quick read, though not always easy. I heard her discussing the book – I think on C-SPAN – several years ago (it was published in 2014) … long before my mother announced she was moving in with me.  Continue reading “book #2: funny and sad”

links #3: practical guidance

This is the first blog I read when I joined Wordpress and it remains a source of valuable information.

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Elderly Sitting is a very practical and useful blog for anyone living or working or visiting with older people. The author has experience working with elderly people who need assistance and their caregivers who need a break.  Continue reading “links #3: practical guidance”

are we sleeping yet?

Mom and I have both had some difficulty sleeping, so are turning to Fitbit.

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Sleep is a precious commodity – as one learns when it is disturbed on a regular basis. I am a night owl and Mom used to be an early riser, though now tends to sleep in a bit more. Sometimes it is apparent that she hasn’t slept well, as she is exhausted in the morning and sleeps in longer than usual. Fortunately, she doesn’t have to get up for work, unlike some of us! I have not been sleeping well either, so we have two grouchy people living in a small space – not a good scenario.  Continue reading “are we sleeping yet?”

finding the positive

Sometimes it’s not easy to find the good when the bad seems all-consuming.

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My mother can be a fun and funny person, who likes to laugh and make crafty things and read stories and do puzzles. Sometimes, though, she gets a bit blue … her lost memory loss, her arthritic knee, her absent friends, and so on. I understand that she is dealing with a lot of loss, but it is frustrating when she cannot shift her mindset. Her doctor tried to convince her that she could look at this as a time to relax and to be thankful for what she has. I’ve tried to convince her of that, as have others. But to no avail – the hope is that she is distracted by something entertaining that takes her mind off her problems.  Continue reading “finding the positive”

are treats on my diet?

With little exercise, diet is important for an older person but what about ice cream?

popsicle-295088_1280As Mom has gotten older, she doesn’t get as much exercise so when eating increases, there is no real counter measure in place to get rid of the weight. She has put on about five pounds since her last doctor visit, so it’s back to a stricter diet.  Continue reading “are treats on my diet?”

link #2: being elderly in japan is no picnic

I’m not sure what is going on in Japan, but I’ve read several articles and posts lately about the plight of the elderly – particularly of women. 

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The first article I read was from The New York Times and followed the stories of several older people. One woman sends deliveries of pears to her neighbor across the way so that she will check to see that she opens her blinds (screen) every morning. That way, if she is in trouble or dies, someone will notice and call for the body to be taken away.  Continue reading “link #2: being elderly in japan is no picnic”