Passing it On…

A few days ago, I received a surprise when my blog readership jumped, and realised quite a number were coming over from Alzheimer’s Wife – a blog from a beautiful person about her caregiving journey. I went over to check and found Nancy had received an Award and was nominating me as a recipient! Thank you Nancy, for honoring me 🙂 I am very inspired by your openness and willingness to adapt to life’s challenges. You found a way to bring Bo home and provide the caregiving family with a home too!

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This is an award that we pay forward — honoring the bloggers whom we follow and who inspire us. Here are the rules:

Thank and link to the amazing person who nominated you.
List the rules and display the award.
Share seven facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

7 facts about me
1. I live in Singapore
2. My mom has been diagnosed with dementia
3. I have healthcare work experience
4. My favourite authors are Asimov, Philip K Dick and Margaret Atwood
5. I hate housework
6. I have a weak green thumb – half my plants die, and half thrive
7. I use mindfulness to cope.

Blogs I nominate to receive the award – please go check them out!
1. Not Forgotten
2. My Neighbour Miss D
3. My Dad is a Goldfish
4. Truthful Loving Kindness as Dementia Patient
5. Jan’s Reflections
6. DownJersey North Country
7. A Journey with Mom
8. Lewy, Momma and Me

Versatile Blogger Award

With many many thanks to Teresa Cleveland Wendel and Scillagrace for nominating me for the versatile blogger award in the past month. Please do check out their blogs, I love them both. This is the award I received from Teresa on 25 April..

... and this one from Scillagrace on 4th May

I am very honored and grateful. I hope nobody minds I combine the two awards and fulfill the conditions at one go:

Thank the blogger who nominated you.
Share 7 random things about yourself.
Nominate 15 fellow bloggers.
Inform the bloggers of their nomination.
Add the “Versatile Blogger Award” to your blog.

About myself, not quite random facts, but why I started blogging and why I am now addicted to the world of bloggy people:-

I started writing this blog to have a record about caregiving for my mom who now has early dementia. I have gained so much more…

Writing has given me an outlet to express and vent, and spared my friends from listening to my endless tales. It has made me a more balanced person and a better friend.

The online community is a source of immense support and strength to me. So many of you have had similar experiences and have shared your lessons with me. I have been supported, encouraged and guided in my journey. Thank you all for reading, liking and commenting.

And now for my nominees for the Gold Cup:

Alzheimer’s Research Guinea Pig– brave blogger with strong family history of dementia documenting her journey as a research subject for dementia

Carter Family Site – weekly walks with dad who has dementia

How the Cookie Crumbles – “an irreverent view on life after 65”. ‘Nuf said

Coalescence – thoughtful writing on various topics

Brain in a Jar – Nancy Bercaw writing about coming to terms with her late father’s fight against dementia professionally and personally

Conscious Departures – discussion on end-of-life issues and meaning of comfort care

Dealing with Dementia – caregiver journeying with both parents with dementia

And the nominees for the Green Versatile Blogger:

Baby Boomers and More – issues on aging including dementia

I Love being Hypomanic – beautiful pics, poetry and feeling

Just Because – just because… 🙂

Creating Life with Words – Kate Swaffer writes about her life with dementia

Married to Alzheimer’s – Margo writes about caregiving

Richard A Kenny’s blog – Richard is caregiving for his mom with dementia

The Future is the Past – beautiful writing about mom who has dementia

Liebster Blog Award

Many thanks to terry1954 who nominated me for the Liebster Blog award. Terry is now looking after her brother who has Parkinson’s-linked dementia, with great fortitude, love and courage. She shares her journey on her blog and though we feel her pain, we also sense her strength and humanity.

There are some things one has to do when nominated for this award:

1) Thank the nominator
2) Link back to them
3) Copy and paste the award logo
4) Nominate five other bloggers for the award
5) Tell my readers 10 random facts about me

My nominees for the award are:

Grumpy Old Git – great comics

Protein Art – novel art based on protein molecular structure

Ann Ahnemouse – caring for partner with dementia

Peter’s Adventures – great pics from travels

Portrait of a Morbid Optimist – caring for dad with dementia

10 random facts about me:

1. I like photography
2. I enjoy art
3. My hair is going from black-brown to white
4. I hate healthy food
5. Right now, I cannot write any blogs without touching on dementia
6. I have undergone general anaesthesia just once
7. I am planning a book about my life experiences that does not include dementia
8. I like teaching
9. I like learning new things
10. I dream of going on treks

Once again, thanks Terry for the nomination!

The Sunshine Award

I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Award! Thanks to Sally 🙂

The Sunshine Award comes with a few rules:

    • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog
    • Answer some questions about yourself
    • Nominate some other fabulous bloggers
    • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated
    • Share the love and link the person who nominated you!

If there were any specific questions to answer, they may have been lost along the way… So like Sally I used google to look up a list of plausible questions. The questions below are from Fun Questions to Get to Know Someone. Here goes:

Love or money? 

Love, of course. I can love a poor person, but money will not make me love someone. Duh!

High salary or job satisfaction?

Both! Having said that, I have discovered that I can stay in difficult jobs quite long as I need the salary. Clichéd as it may seem, working with difficult bosses has been character building.

Which is your most favorite book ever?

I have many favorites! But the book that made the biggest impact this year is Murakami’s Norwegian Wood. It reads like a simple soap, but on deeper analysis, it is profound and so layered; and the truth is simply heartbreaking.

Which is the one television character that you simply adore?

Don’t watch enough tele nowadays. Bill Cosby in the Cosby Family brings back good memories. I liked that he was philosophical while mayhem broke loose around him, and he had Good Values.

What kind of music do you like?

Mainly classical – Chopin, Bach, Brahms, Beethoven. A bit of Queen, and anything Frank Sinatra sings.

Which is your favorite genre of movies? (Comedy/Romance/Suspense/Action/Horror)

I like mystery with action, e.g Indiana Jones, Matrix, Bourne Identity.

What do you do when you feel very sad or depressed?

I take long walks and get away for a while, to process my emotions. And exercise. And talk to friends.

And now for my nominees, in no particular order, and what they all have in common is being the caregiver for someone with dementia, now or in the past:

A Circle in the Path – looking after mom with Lewy-Body dementia, and aging “uncle”

Let’s Talk about Family – good practical advice about coping, whilst caregiver for Dad. 

Belly Button Blues – was caregiver for cousin with dementia

terry1954 – looking after brother with Parkinson’s linked dementia

Not Housebound – looking after granddad who is 101 and has dementia

DaybyDaywiththeBigTerribleA – looking after husband with dementia

MomWHearingLoss – was caregiver for mom who had Alzheimer’s dementia

TDashfield – was caregiver for mom for 14 years

The Dementia Diary – caregiver for father-in-law with early dementia

I have dedicated my award to dementia caregivers, past and present. Thank you all for your support and encouragement. Thank you Sally for your nomination!