This Title Should have a lot of Swear Words





Last week, I talked about keeping people with Alzheimer’s/dementia busy with an activity, and this week follows in a similar vein. This is mostly about “use it or you lose it,” a motto Home Angels told me about years ago. Basically, it is essential for helping them maintain simple skills that are quickly lost to the disease. Also, I hate folding my own laundry.

I have had Gran help cook, fold laundry, and sweep up around her bird’s cage. Otherwise, she will sit and work on Sudoku puzzles from morning until night. For the most part, this is fine, but we would like her to do a little more physical activity and exercise other parts of her brain. Folding laundry, is a task that she can easily still do, but she detests every bit of it.

It seems laundry folding was the first real insight we had to how much she had declined. We had just taken oven watching her, and my father, who owns a local tavern, was having her fold bar towels. With each towel she pulled from the basket she’d mutter, “son of a bitch,” which was followed by “Mum!!!” from my father who is easily stressed by all her cursing. This continued until all the towels were folded and stacked.

With the changes in personality and lack of basic life skills, it is easy to think that people with Alzheimer’s or dementia cannot do things, or should not do things, but I feel the exact opposite. It provides something to do, and in Gran’s case, she’s going to swear anyway. The bottom line is: the laundry is folded in the end.



Gran Can Draw Too!


This is Gran drawing my birthday card this year because I asked her too. I did this last year too and she does fairly well. It is a good hand-eye activity to keep her focused and gives her something to do.

I’ve decided to include more than just my comics in this blog because other mediums can capture different aspects of dementia that a comic simply cannot. (You guys get to see Gran’s cute face and hear her sweet voice.)

I’m curious. Other caregivers, what do you have your loved ones do to keep them busy? Comment below.

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Artificial A$$holes

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This isn’t really a post about dementia, but rather, dementia’s response to perfectly good television.

I’ve never been a huge fan of The Muppets other than A Muppet Christmas Carol, but I enjoyed ABC’s The Muppets. It was witty and invited a whole new generation to enjoy muppets. Basically, it was The Muppets meets The Office, which is what many of us wanted. Unfortunately, ABC canceled the show before it had a chance to launch.  Perhaps it will be better suited for a run on Netflix, where viewers can watch at their leisure.

Another reason this show was my go-to was because it aired on Tuesday nights when I would granny sit at my grandmother’s house. There, Netflix is unheard of, but cable is thriving. It gave me something to distract me while the hours slowly ticked by.

Anyway,  one time I was watching the show while Gran was puzzling, and she made an about-face to tell me just what she thought of The Muppets and their lack of authenticity. Sadly, she must have had some premonition about the sitcom’s fate.

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