A Swift Current

Summary: My elderly mother was living in her beloved home with the concerted help of friends, family and home health aides.  But after knee replacement surgery, her dementia emerged– fully developed.  Our family was completely unprepared for our new reality; one of the many issues addressed by Caring Across Generation’s #blog4care as together we confront our national eldercare health crisis. Here is our story:

Her home was the culmination of her dreams.

And as my mother encountered the increasing physical challenges of her later years, she clung fiercely to her independence and her refuge.

I remember one particular attempt to discuss her emerging limitations:

Maybe we should look into a retirement community…?

Maybe I should just die.

And so, from 3000 miles away, we cobbled together a ragtag but reliable network of friends and cousins, neighbors and home health aides, church volunteers and Meals on Wheels. It took a…

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