Our Dementia Community

This weekend I discovered how connected our dementia community is on WordPress and beyond. I was nominated for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award by two exceptional bloggers I follow about life with a loved one with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Frangipani and Demented. What I especially love about our community, is how global we are. Frangipani is from Singapore and Demented Girl is a poet from the UK. Thank you for your nomination.

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Elder Abuse is a really tough topic to talk about. Many people don’t know what it is or how it relates to their life. It can, especially when dealing with dementia – the most vulnerable victims of Elder Abuse. This is the reason I started my blog – to tell a true story of an elder abuse victim with the hope of a good outcome on the other side.

It happened this past week for my neighbor, Miss D. She came back home with 24-hour home care after Adult Protective Services called 911 and removed her 443 days earlier. Help from many professional groups in New York City from a politician to an elder abuse shelter and a legal guardian came through to protect her. I have been her personal advocate.

This is an award that we pay forward — honoring the bloggers whom we follow and who inspire us. Here are the rules:

Thank and link to the amazing person who nominated you.
List the rules and display the award.
Share seven facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

 

7 facts about me

1) I come from a musical family and I married a jazz trombonist.

2) I have always been a visual storyteller. With this blog, I found my verbal voice.

3) I was a toy designer.

4) I spent a year and attacked my fear of life drawing.

5) I enjoy a good laugh. My husband and Miss D make me laugh.

6) My mother-in-law has dementia. Her disease helped me spot it in my neighbor, Miss D.

7) I have a boyfriend named Humphrey. He is a dachshund and beagle mix.

 

Blogs I nominate to receive the award

I depend on their advice, emotional stories, forward thinking and a good laugh when most needed! If you’re not on the list, it’s because I know many of you already got this award.

Ashish Magar – He is committed to helping fight Elder Abuse and working for Senior Citizen Rights in Nepal and Globally.

The Memories Project – Joy Johnston shares such good advice with the dementia community after she went through Alzheimer’s with her father.

Ann Ahnemouse – She comments on living with dementia with her partner, her dude, through amazing visual and verbal notes he leaves for her around the house. I love these notes!

The Lemon Bar Queen – Jodi is a nurse dealing with dementia in her professional life and with a mother with Alzheimer’s. Jodi posted the best recipe for rhubarb pie from her mother!

My Time is Now – This Los Angeles actress’s day job is dance therapy for people with dementia. She always has great music and an uplifting experience to share.

Lighting Fires – Sue Northrop is accomplishing a dementia friendly community in her native country of Scotland. Her mother has dementia.

As Our Parents Age – Marti Westin is a teacher for all ages. She is tech savvy and shares really interesting ideas on her other blog, Media! Tech! Parenting!

Confessions of an Aspiring Social Worker – Lina Marie is just starting her career as a social worker and working in the geriatric field.

Amy Lyles Wilson / Pilgrim Writers – I like the way Amy thinks. She’s a real writer’s writer and she’s on to something about “sharing our stories to save us”.

Dogwalker, Ph.D. – I just discovered this blog last week. I love anything with dogs helping people with dementia, especially T-Bone.

 

 

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