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Donna Webb

The Bear Hug Waltz


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The Bear Hug Waltz, a diary of the journey of a daughter caring for her mother through the stages of dementia. Donna will share entries from her blog with the listeners.

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On today's show, I want to begin a series that will take a closer look at the many stages of dementia and the possible signs to look for as a parent or other loved one is going through the later years of their lives. Are there indications of... more

It has been a year since mom passed away. There was a period of time to mourn, to say what is next, to walk away from all things pertaining to caregiving. What did I discover? Tune in and find out!

"Parenting is a process borne out of love and commitment. It entails nurturing, guiding and guarding." Sounds like a pretty good description of a caregiver doesn't it? It is a quote about parenting a child however. Are caregivers not... more

Caregivers, seldom seen, seldom heard from, seldom thought about...Invisible People. A people of isolation and aloneness, desperately wanting to be remembered from time to time.

As a caregiver, is asking for help a skill that needs to be developed? Well, I found out in November of 2009 it is! I did not know how to ask for help, that could be part of the reason, I hadn't had any for several years! I had to do some digging... more

Accepting what I cannot change, changing the things I can, and accepting the changes quicker, things would go a bit easier if I would do that, both for mom and for me!

Statistics, everyone is a statistic in some kind of poll. Caregivers are no exception to that, especially daughters. And to narrow that down even more, daughters who receive no help from male family members. Are you one of them?

In memory of mom and the good times we shared together as mother and daughter, memories that had long left her archives, but preserved forever in my heart.

Even though this is not one of my blogs, I did post this on my blog site because it had been quite useful to me in determining what stage my Mom was in. I will try to relate her decline and age she was, along with what signs she... more

Wandering, a common occurrence for the elderly or those with dementia, not sure if this is what was "motivating" Mom to be up at all hours of the night. Many times it was the need to "shed water". But one thing for sure, there was a whole lot... more