Welcome to My Dementia Deli

5 Feb

I am part of “the sandwiched generation”, those adults caught in the middle of caring for older parents and young children. Like many of my boomer counterparts, I am typical in that I put off marriage and childbirth to pursue a career.  I am untypical in that more than 20 years into my career, I adopted an infant as a single parent.

At the time I became a mother, I was well into my 40s and working in middle-management at the head office of a major Canadian bank.  Following a year off for parental leave I quickly discovered the challenges of juggling a high-stress job with the demands of a toddler. But work and childcare responsibilities were not all I was dealing with. In addition to raising my son and working, I also had a widowed mother with chronic health issues and a bachelor uncle/father-figure who, up until he was in his late 80s, was in relatively good health. As an only daughter and only niece, I was also deeply involved in both their lives.

When a major downsizing meant the elimination of my job in January of 2008, I had no idea that it would be a blessing in disguise.  In March of that year my mother’s health deteriorated and a few months after that my uncle was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia.  That would be the beginning of my descent into the world of dementia, adult diapers, and elder care. Add a (then) toddler into the mix and I often felt like the middle of a very squishy, not very appetizing sandwich.

I had a lot to learn, but what I’ve learned I’m willing to share. I hope you will do the same. I welcome your feedback, your comments and your criticisms.

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2 Responses to “Welcome to My Dementia Deli”

  1. Pen February 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    Hi Judi. Many apologies, I have been out of touch for so long with you though I am in contact with Bob. I just happened to see your blog by some Internet glitch — your blog is a really good read. As I bad at posting here is my email address to keep in touch penelope_macrae@yahoo.ca — all best Penny

    • dementiadeli February 22, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

      Hi Penny: Thank you so much for your kind words. It’s wonderful to hear from you and I will send you a private message soon.

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