Category: Cognitive

Caregiver’s Log, May 1, 2018

By Samra Jones Bufkins Lately he's been having hallucinations. My last post described him acting out against light fixtures and a ceiling fan. He has had illusions of people in the house before. Today, after his doctor's appointment to adjust his mood-stabilizing and antipsychotic meds, I noticed him in the kitchen, pointing at the window … Continue reading Caregiver’s Log, May 1, 2018

Caregiver’s Log, Friday April 6, 2018

By Samra Jones Bufkins One of the few hobbies I have left is gardening.  I love the challenge of growing tropical plants in containers. The plant above is a plumeria, which takes years to get to this size and to bloom. Native to the Caribbean, they are also very prolific in Hawaii, where their flowers are … Continue reading Caregiver’s Log, Friday April 6, 2018

A Tale of Two Kettles

by Samra Jones Bufkins We’ve all seen the ad. Grandpa can't remember his granddaughter's name. Grandma decides it's time for him to take ______ drug. While I’m tempted to turn this into a rant about both the pharmaceutical industry and the Alzheimer’s Association over-simplifying dementia by implying it’s only about memory loss, I’d rather relate … Continue reading A Tale of Two Kettles

Plumbing the Mind of an Alzheimer’s Patient

Alzheimer's and dementia are apparently unpredictable. My husband Bill can remember details from his childhood, from college classes, from our travels years ago that I find amazing. But he can't remember whether I'm having a glass of red or white wine when he asks me if I want a refill.  And he brings the refill in … Continue reading Plumbing the Mind of an Alzheimer’s Patient