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A side step to the usual hard stuff as a caregiver...


What can you share today to illuminate some of the shadows?


I took my mom to the racetrack w coffee today. She had no idea she wanted to go. I brought a chair & cushion for her & coffee. She had some time to get excited and ageless in watching the beauty of these majestic animals right in front of her. Ad the jockeys are so friendly - spoke to her - she really had fun.


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We have Sirius radio service in our car and I always switch on the 40's channel before I pick Mom up. She loves hearing the songs from her childhood/early teens and they have stirred up some great memories. And now I can sing along with a few of them, too.
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My mom was easily amused by the Dollar Store. I'd push her in her transport chair. Thirty minutes and $10-15 worth of stuff later (candy she'd pick out herself, potato chips, individual kleenex packs, word find books, greeting cards) she would always be a happy camper. Like a kid in the candy store. Great value for the money!
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My mom and Aunt like to go to the casino,,, I take them about every 6 weeks for a few hours and they are in heaven. As I can wander off while they play penny slots Its a bit of a break for me too! I play my games, check on them every bit,, and then home we go while they talk about it for days!
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Keeping the positive going!
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Madzeena - always a good idea to save the back! You're going to need that thing!

Garden artist - any gardening projects?

Sendhelp - I hear ya! :)
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Still trying to think of something positive.....lol.
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This is a great question! Unfortunately I can't think of anything right now (sort of brain dead at the end of the day), but wanted to bump this up so others can respond.
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I've been hiring students in the community college's physical therapy program. They come and do an hour of exercises for strength & flexibility and stretching once a week with my mother at her memory care facility. So far it has kept her mobile. As she is 200+ lbs it's a back saver for me from having to push her in a wheelchair.
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