Not quite the plan

on finding my groove as a 30 something single girl and caregiver for mom with dementia

Glee in the house.


Mom and I used to spend so much time watching tv together.  It was a big part of our bonding, and how she passed so much of her time. 

Lately, few shows hold her attention since she cannot remember enough of the story lines to undetstand and follow.  We have tried a lot of nature shows but she tends to lose interest quickly.  Rewatching old favorites is also good sometimes.

But I experiment with various options to tey to hold her interest.  I recently tried showing her Glee, a show that she completely rejected when her mind was a bit more functional.  It is a fun show featuring high schoolers singing and dancing.

So I put Glee on and to my delight, Mom reacted to the songs and dancing.  She even got up and started dancing along.  Mom was always too inhibited for dancing so I love seeing her dance at this stage in life.  It’s a glimmer of joy. 

Tonight she did several loops of the living room, holding a roll of toilet paper, swinging her arms and bopping to Forever Young, as sung on Glee.  And she was happy. 

More Glee will be coming to our house. 


Author: notquitetheplan

I am a mid-30s single girl, trying to climb the ladder, get a date... and make sure Mom takes her meds. It's not where I expected to be. But it's where I am and this blog is about embracing that.

7 thoughts on “Glee in the house.

  1. I love it when we find shows that hold my mom’s attention-congratulations! What a sweet and lovely image you painted for us.The Voice , Dancing with the Stars and Highway to Heaven are always good bets in our house, (along with the animal shows your mom doesnt like). Surprisingly, my mom also enjoys watching football and basketball with my husband. I hope you continue to find things that bring your mom Glee!

  2. What a lovely moment and happy memory! 🙂

  3. It’s wonderful that you found entertainment that not only held your mother’s attention, but that she enjoyed as well. I can envision her dancing with that toilet paper roll and it makes me happy. Wonderful!

  4. My Pops and I would watch Big Bang Theory and shows from his era of time. Have you tried animation? Disney from time gone by like Mary Poppins? or Lady and the Tramp? My Dad was never big into cartoons until his dementia took deep roots. Now he can’t get enough of it.

  5. My mom has quit TV altogether. She was still watching her soap up till a few months ago. I know she stopped because she could not follow. She just won’t turn on the TV for anything.

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