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Never Goodbye

Navigating the Journey Through Dementia

To the Rescue

I put my dad on a decent diet, proper supplements, and one by one, we overcame every confusion he was encountering. We waded through his finances, his investments, and his mail.I began poring over his investment newsletters and learned how he liked to invest. I did...

Slipping into Deeper Waters

Photo after heavy rains flooded the lake taken by our neighbor Brenda It wasn’t until after the year 2000 that Dad’s little world showed more severe signs of breaking down. After the excitement of Y2K wore off, lack of new excitement took its toll. Once again I got...

Loneliness Takes Its Toll

Ken and I visited several times. Dad was hanging in there. He enjoyed his independence and privacy. He studied investing, and lined his book shelves with numerous books on healthcare, money management, and other practical skills. For years Dad collected coins. Coins...

Haven in the Woods

Dad and Mom retired in 1978 and began the search for their “Golden Pond”. They found a number of acres in Northern Alabama--a beautiful tract of land with a 25-acre lake set back from the main road in isolated woods. They fulfilled their dream by building what their...

Strategies

My Dad would have qualified for acceptance into West Point Military Academy except for his eyesight. He didn’t pass the eye exam. The optometrist who examined him suggested he consider a career in optometry. Dad followed up on that suggestion and went into the...

Getting to know my dad–Young Jack

Now that I’ve told you about my old pops, it only seems fair that I share some of the younger chapters of his life. In recounting some recent incidents about Dad to my daughter Ericka, I mentioned how unbelievably strong-willed, feisty, and stubborn he was. As my...

The Less Favored but Inevitable Option

As Dad’s condition worsened, one day I got a call from the Rose Manor nurse who was very concerned because his coloring looked yellow. The nurse said she was sending him to the hospital. His gall bladder had become extremely infected, and he would receive laproscopic...

Options for the Elderly

While I could have suggested assisted living several years ago, my dad would have never accepted it. At that time he was too preoccupied with proving he could get along by himself. A live-in caregiver would not have worked well for him either. I was the only one he...

Spinning your wheels

When I called my dad and asked how his day went, he told me "Really bad." He had been robbed. I asked what was stolen and he said, "All my money." "But Dad," I said, "you didn't have any money." "Ha! Ha!" he replied, "Then the bastard didn't get anything!" He was very...

Dad’s Moment in the Sun

Just as I was beginning to despair that our new adventure may not be working out, I received an email from our neighbor Brenda about her visit to Dogwood Haven. She included an attachment entitled, “Jack in the Newspaper”. There was my dad with the biggest smile on...