Columns / Dating Dementia

Alzheimer's takes toll on mother

Friends and followers have been asking me for the latest news about my 92-year-old mother, whom we affectionately call Mummy. Mummy has shown signs of dementia for about five years and is in the beginnings of severe Alzheimer’s disease. After moving into assisted living last fall, Mummy’s symptoms worsened significantly and she continues in a downward spiral.

Alzheimer's takes toll on mother

Friends and followers have been asking me for the latest news about my 92-year-old mother, whom we affectionately call Mummy.

Leave me alone — I'm working on my taxes

Today is a bad day. It’s snowing and I can’t get out of my driveway. My neighbor, who usually empties my driveway of snow, is in Mexico. He took his snow blower with him. This makes me very sad. What makes me even more sad is that I have to complete my tax planner today. Thursday, I meet with my accountant, and tomorrow I have plans with my Bestie. Consequently, today is the day. I can put it off no longer.

Life can go on after midlife divorce

As I settle into life in Minneapolis, I’m looking to make some new friends. With great online tools, it’s now fairly easy to connect with people who have similar interests and also live nearby. I’ve joined a few walking and writing groups, and also signed up for a “separated or divorced” social group, which I refer to as S&D. Recently, I went to my first S&D gathering of about 40 men and women at a local restaurant.