Mother’s Day Takes New Meaning Once Dementia Hits

Mother’s Day Takes New Meaning

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Through my thirty year journey with my Mother and her dementia, Mother’s Day went through a variety of changes. From going out for the day or having a large family get together to a simple one on one with my Mother where few words were spoken and holding hands and looking into her eyes meant everything.

Mothers day with Grandma 2011 006Lori La Bey with her Mother Dorothy who has Alzheimer's diseaseOn February 28th, 2014 mom passed away and things changed once again.  A visit to the her grave site or a run to the cabin where my parents lived allow me the opportunity to have a special connection with my Mother on a spiritual level. Thinking back over the years and all she taught me all she stood for gives me peace.  Her wonderful laugh and comforting hug.  Even her scolding look or voice when I was out of line bring a smile to my face.  Mom had a way encouraging me and others to always be their best and yet she never expected more from others than she would from herself.

moms grave mothers day 2014lake 1As I sit in the cabin overlooking the lake I feel my Mother’s presence. Seeing the humming birds come to the feeder I smile remembering how mom loved watching birds.  She always made sure her feeders were full.  Driving to town three deer stop curbside and star at us as I slow to stop.  We just look at one another and a calmness comes over me.  Later an eagle flies over the cabin while loons sing in the background.  I know mom is close.  She loved nature and now I feel she is part of it once again.

Happy Mother’s Day

To all Mother’s past, present and future; along with all those wonderful woman who never had children, yet nurtured children around them like their own.  May each of you know how much you have meant not only to your children but to others.

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2 Replies to “Mother’s Day Takes New Meaning Once Dementia Hits”

  1. You are a good daughter. My wife went on a similar journey with her mother and it was very difficult to see and to live with. She now remembers the good things too, as you do, and honors her mother in memory. Dimentia is not an easy way to go. God bless you for your work! Caregivers need lots of support.

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