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Grief Never Goes Away, But You Can Feel Two Things At Once

I was my dad’s plus one for his best friend’s daughter’s wedding on Saturday night. When my dad got the invitation in the mail, I knew how much he wanted to go, but I also knew that he would never go by himself. When I saw that he was allowed to bring a guest, I…

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Are You Finding Joy in Your Alzheimer’s or Dementia Journey?

Are you finding joy in your day-to-day life? Are you actively seeking it out? When my mom was living with Alzheimer’s, I rolled my eyes at the mere mention of finding joy in the journey. I didn’t think it was possible and honestly, it was just easier for me to be sad and miserable all…

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Your Relationship with Your Caregiver Parent Can Get Better

If your relationship with your caregiver parent is suffering, I have some hope for you. For a long time during my mom’s battle with Alzheimer’s, I felt like I was losing my dad to the disease, too. Although he didn’t have Alzheimer’s or dementia himself, my mom’s illness and her care were consuming my dad’s…

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What If This Is the Last Time?

What if this is the last time? What if this is the last time your loved one tells you the same story for the hundredth time? What if this is the last time your loved one calls you on the phone at an inconvenient time or any time at all? What if this is the…

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The Alzheimer’s Daughters Club Is Now Open to Join!

When my mom was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s, I was only 25 years old. I was newly engaged and working my first full-time job out of college. I didn’t know anything about Alzheimer’s and I didn’t know anyone with a parent who had it. While all of my friends were reliving their college days,…

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7 Tips for Coping with Ambiguous Loss/Grief

Ambiguous loss occurs when there is psychological absence with physical presence. This occurs when a loved one is emotionally or cognitively gone or missing, but still physically present. This can be caused by Alzheimer’s/dementia, traumatic brain injury, mental illness, addiction, depression, etc. With this type of loss, there is a loss without certainty, closure, or…

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What Is Something You Are Overthinking?

Back in December, I started thinking about the new year and whether I had any goals I wanted to reach. I decided that I wanted to start living my life more. I wanted to do more things just for fun. I wanted to try new things. I was searching around on the internet and found…

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Life Is Meant For Living

During my mom’s ten-year battle with Alzheimer’s, I put my life on hold in so many ways that I basically stopped living it altogether. I did the absolute bare minimum that I needed to do to get by. I didn’t have the energy to do anything more than that. At the time, it was what…

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