Borrowed Time #poetry #perspective

“Just living,” she frowned at the wrinkles etching her face. “There’s no time left,” he drew a circle in the sand. Both had seen so many sunsets they seemed to watch this one as if it were their last. “You have to put in the numbers,” a little boy ran up with a stick. TheContinue reading “Borrowed Time #poetry #perspective”

Restored Poetry #archives #elderly #poetry #hospice

Hold me… I am a broken, colorful fragrant remnant of yesterday * Remember me… when I was alive, thriving extracted from a beautiful whole * Understand me… for who I am today a relic, don’t pull me to pieces * Cherish me… for what I was and what will be of a memory Caring forContinue reading “Restored Poetry #archives #elderly #poetry #hospice”

Zest For Life #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

  A ha so this is the last day of the April A to Z challenge. How was it for you? I looked back briefly on a few of my precious A to Z challenges:   One challenge  I had planned on illustrating a month of my dragon stories. I broke my wrist one month Continue reading “Zest For Life #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

eXplanation #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

“Can you tell me?” “What would you like to know?” With Dementia we often will be asked the same questions every shift or 10 times every shift. I find the more confused a client is the more they can loop around a similarity. “When is my friend Felicia coming?” “We called. She’s on her way?”Continue reading “eXplanation #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

What Would We do Without Water? #hydration #health #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

Most of my clients don’t need to pump their own water though some are on well water. I recently got a call from adopted family in Africa. ” My wife is sick and the baby is bloated.There are no resources and no medicine and the hospitals are out of reach.” Have your wife lay downContinue reading “What Would We do Without Water? #hydration #health #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

Our View #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

As a caregivers we may have clear ideas of what our family member needs. After all in many cases we have known them our entire lives. “My father only likes tuna fish for lunch. It’s all he ever eats.” My client eyes my salad so I give him some tomatoes and carrots. Our view intoContinue reading “Our View #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

Uncovering Needs #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

I have found that working with the elderly is like digging for treasure – I am never disappointed with what I find. There are times (especially with dementia) that we must uncover their needs or what makes them happy. Every person has things that have meaning. It could be an activity like going to theContinue reading “Uncovering Needs #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

Searching #poetry #art #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

      so easy when we’re small no words need be expressed I’m wading in the mud and now I am depressed I lost my very thought went through my fingertips a momentary drop there’s so much I have missed   Searching when we are young seems part of the mystery of learning. TheContinue reading “Searching #poetry #art #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

I Smell A Rat #newcago #horticulture #pandemic #flashfiction #reading

  New Cago was not a very cultured metropolis before the epi & pan demic. Kids were shoving things up their noses or in their veins. It made sense that there was no room for something for the mind to synthesize. Then the libraries were closed. So most people read their cereal box for entertainment.Continue reading “I Smell A Rat #newcago #horticulture #pandemic #flashfiction #reading”

Parkinsons – not welcome #elderlyissues #atozchallenge #poetry

Hard to move hands and feet are one with metal I’m pushing my stroller big wheels are on a wheelchair I want to slump in fatigue enveloped in an old body muscles feel like jello “Keep moving” “Reach for the Moon”   There is no easy diagnosis for the elderly. Parkinsons joins the ranks ofContinue reading “Parkinsons – not welcome #elderlyissues #atozchallenge #poetry”

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