A new year, and this begins my month-long blog-a-day

Here we are, into a brand new 2011, and as every year, I will be trying to make one blog entry on this blog every day for the month of January. All 31 days of January, every day, I’ll try to write a non-trivial post sharing my thoughts on stuff, typically caregiving and dementia and life choices, as I did in January last year and the year before that. I won’t  sacrifice my first-born for it, but I’ll definitely try. This is probably the only target I set myself each year, and I hope I can meet it.

I hadn’t been blogging so regularly in 2010 (after the January blogfest burst of 31 blogs in a month) because I didn’t think I had that much left to say and was focusing on setting up a comprehensive online resource for caregivers for dementia patients in India.  Whatever time I had to spare from my mother’s caregiving, I was using for various direct professional responsibilities and in setting up these resources (the site is Dementia Care Notes) and in conducting awareness programs for dementia, or training caregivers. I often chatted up with caregivers from various cities in India and even Indians living abroad, sharing where I could, helping where I could. Blogging took a back-seat except for sporadic entries.Then, in November 2010, I received an e-mail from MedicalTranscription.net saying I’d been “featured” in a “top dementia blog” list. (Edited in September 2012 to note: the awards have since been discontinued, so I have removed the link). The notification came as a (very pleasant) surprise, of course. Most importantly, it reminded me of the sense of opening up that blogging about my own experiences gave me. Perhaps, I thought, blogging has its own value, and that I should probably continue to share my thoughts through my blog even as I work in other areas.

As I said above, I plan to blog through January this year again. My work with other caregivers and patients last year has given me a wider perspective about dementia and caregiving, and my attempts to create a comprehensive website for caregivers of dementia patients has also brought up its own share of insights and concerns. As I talk to other caregivers, I find memories rushing back at me—-incidents in the early days of my mother’s dementia when I hadn’t realized that her behaviour was caused by an organic brain disease, and I had been frustrated and angry, and so had she. It all seems so unfortunate in hindsight, but there must be others who, today, are in the state I was ten years ago, and perhaps there is merit in sharing those incidents and mistakes.

A few days ago, my son asked me, if there was one thing you would suggest that people do differently in their care, what would that be? That’s a question that needs exploring, too.

So yes, I am taking out my pad today and jotting down possible topics for posts to make all through the month. Wish me luck!

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About Swapna Kishore
I'm a writer, blogger, and resource person for dementia/ caregiving in India. I have also been a dementia caregiver for well over a decade, and am deeply concerned about dementia care in India; on this blog I share my personal caregiving journey, my experiences as a resource person for dementia care, and musings on life, aging, dementia in India, and such sundries. More about me and the work I do for dementia care. For structured information on dementia, for discussions, tools and tips on caregiving issues, for resources in India, and for caregiver interviews, please check my website http://dementiacarenotes.in (or its Hindi version, http://dementiahindi.com). For videos on dementia caregiving (English and Hindi), check the youtube channel here.

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