Toni W.

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Member Since: Aug 11th, 2012

I am a wife, mother of 4, and caregiver to my mom who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2009. My dad has diabetes and my nephew is severly autistic.
Alzheimer's Disease (AD) - Motivation & Support

Alzheimer's Conference 2015

I was honored to be a speaker at the 12th annual Alzheimer's Association Education Conference in Henderson, NV

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BEST birthday present EVER

Mom says "love you" on my birthday!!!

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Captain Grammie

It's Captain Grammie!

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Dancing Grammie!

Dancing the night away!

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Famous Faces of Alzheimer's 2014 0002

A time line of sorts I put together to bring awareness to this devistating disease. The song used is "Days are Long" by Silent Partner . ...

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Famous Faces of Alzheimer's 2014 REVISED 2016 Florida Edition

Famous Faces revised and edited to include special faces and to honor them for a charity event, "Forget Me Not" in Florida. THIS EVENT RA...

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Famous Faces of Alzheimer's 2014 REVISED Jan 2016

Famous Faces of Alzheimer's

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Front porch swingin' with the dogs!

The dogs were hangin' with Grammie on the swing. She loves to swing!

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Love is never forgotten

My mom tells me in her Alzheimer's language that she loves me too!

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Mom's Life Memorial Video . . . It is Finished

My beautiful mom passed away May 17, 2016. This is the memorial video we played at ther service. All credit to aritist's whose music I choose t...

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Puppy and myoclonus jerks

Our family got a new puppy. We lost our little Shih Tzu a couple months ago. Tori was so good with my mom. She could never be replaced however we l...

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Puppy

Mom playing with the new puppy!

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Raggedy Ann

My mom was an incredible seamstress. She made this raggedy ann doll.

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Special Moments

Me and my precious mama . . .

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Tayla AKA The Grammie Whisperer receiving an award!!

Tayla was nominated for a Martin Luther King Jr.volunteer award for her efforts to help others with her video. We are very proud of her.

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Teyawna and Grammie

My mom stayed in her PJ's all day and seemed a bit blue, but Teyawna was able to perk her up!!!

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Teyawna performing "Your Hands" by JJ Heller

"Your Hands" by JJ Heller

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The Tree

I Feel You by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...) Source: http://...

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You Are OUR Sunshine Grammie!!!

Love this! Love that Grammie shows her appreciation.

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Alzheimer's Disease (AD) - Caring For A Loved One

A Long Day

I have had a very trying few weeks. I can't even begin to get into depth on here, but it is almost 2 AM in the morning and I feel like if I don...

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Alzheimer's a Thief

My beautiful mother has been a victim of robbery. Not just a “man with a gun, hand them the note, and take all the money” kind of robbe...

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Alzheimer's Sucks because......

Alzheimer's sucks because...

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Alzheimer's Sucks!

A little "interview" with Teyawna about Grammie and what we think about Alzheimer's.

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Another "conversation" about Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's sucks.

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Challenge!!!!

We challenge anyone that has a loved one with Alzheimer's or another type of dementia to lay in bed with their loved one and let them know how much yo...

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Doodling with a Purpose . . . How to tangle!

I love to tangle or in other words . . . doodle with a purpose! Tangling is a drawing practice that I find relaxing and rewarding. I want to share ...

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Evening Stories

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Faith Failure and Alzheimer's

Faith Failure and Alzheimer's By Toni R. Wombaker Faith. Trust. Unconditional love. Patience. More trust. More faith. These are the things I mu...

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From 2012 . . . Mom, What do the Birds Say?

This is actually an OLD video. It is from September 2012 however it is one of my favorite clips! I thought I had erased it but I came across it the...

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Grammie Whispered Tip #13th on celebrating Grammie

Today is Grammie Yvonne's 72nd birthday!!!!

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Grammie Whisperer Tip # 10 on making a Build-a-Bear pal for your loved one.

Grammie Whisperer offers some tips on creating a teddy bear companion for your loved one with Alzheimer's.

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Grammie Whisperer Tip # 9 Creating a Dementia Safe Environment

These are just a few features of my mom's living space that make it dementia safe. We are extremely blessed to have to living space we do and t...

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Grammie Whisperer Tip #3 - Coconut Oil treats

Coconut oil is great for you and said to be good for the brain so we give Granmie these treats everyday.

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Grammie Whisperer Tip #4 Noodle in the Bed

Grammie doesn't have the strength to get out of bed on her own any longer. However, she still tries and sometimes will fall of bed. To prevent her fro...

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Grammie Whisperer Tip #5 - Dancing

Dancing and music are good for the soul. That's all I have to say about that! ***Song playing in the background is "Life is Better with You&q...

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Grammie Whisperer Tip #6 - Approach with a smile

Approach your loved one calmly and with a smile . . . always! It helps!!!!

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Grammie Whisperer Tip #7 Keeping a Caregiver's Log

We keep track of what and when Grammie is eating, going to the bathroom, drinking water etc. This helps all caregivers and anyone involved with Grammi...

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Grammie Whisperer Tip #8 Respite Videos

Respite videos are a great tool to use when you need to make a meal or take a shower and can't be right with your loved one. These videos are engaging...

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Mom talking Jan 2013

This is a VERY short clip of mom displaying MEANINGFUL communication on Jan. 17, 2013. She hasn't talked like this in months and months. Mom h...

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Morning Stories

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Myoclonus jerk episode caught on film

A myoclonic jerk is the brief, involuntary twitching of a muscle or group of muscles. It may be caused either by a sudden muscle contract...

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Our Reality of Alzheimer's Disease 2012

An educational yet personal glimpse into the life of a family living with and caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's diseas.

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Party balloon!!! GREAT hand eye coordination!

The girls had a birthday party to attend. Mom and I went along. This is a clip of mom playing with a balloon with Tayla.

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Patience will get the job done...

Trying VERY patiently to get my mom in the shower...

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Perspectives of a caregiver 2016

Don't be fooled on this April Fool's Day . . . watch to the very end. This is dedicated to the MILLIONS of caregivers in the world today.

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She doesn't talk but we communicate just fine!

My mom may be in the last stage of Alzheimer's Disease, but that doesn't mean she doesn't understand what is going on around her. This ...

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Tangling

I am a caregiver. My mom is in the late stages of Alzheimer's disease. It is very stressful. I use tangling as one way to mentally relieve some...

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Telling Stories

Mom with Alzheimer's is telling stories...

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The Kelly Effect

I was inspired by Kelly Gunderson and her mama to make my own version of her video. The say imitation is the highest and most sincere form of flatte...

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This is Alzheimer's progression

The left side video was captured on November 22, 2015, four days after my mom fell and broke her hip. The right side was captured on December 12,20...

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Tip # 12 from the Grammie Whispered on Special Day

Happy Mother's Day!

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Video Respite

This is a video of my mom watching respite videos in August 2011. I LOVE these and more importantly she LOVES these. I was SHOCKED at how she inter...

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Whispers in the Night

July 2012 To have a conversation with my mom is nearly impossible now days. Alzheimer’s has stolen that ability away. I try and try to conver...

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Who Am I?

Mom with Alzheimer's responds to the question: "Who am I"?

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Alzheimer's Disease (AD) - Lifestyle Changes

Frustration

Frustrations.

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Sundowning

Sundowning . . .

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The Knot Basket Video

My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2009. She harldy ever says a word lately. I was trying to make conversation with her like I do most d...

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The Shuffling Walk

Mom shuffling around the house.

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Alzheimer's Disease (AD) - Living And Working With My Condition

"This is Bob"

Mom with Alzheimer's recognizes faces from old family photos.

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"Boo, I said boo" meaningful connections

"Boo, I said boo" meaningful connections

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Chattering about Charm bracelet (Bonni told me something)

Lots of talking tonight!!!! Making up for the last year of silence in one night!

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Grammie Whisperer Tip #2 - Puzzles

Tayla tells us about Puzzles to Remember that can be great during the early and middle stages of Alzheimer's to stimulate the brain and keep a person ...

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Grinding, clenching, and drooling

Symptoms I have been asked about . . . my mom grinds her teeth A LOT, always seems to be clenching her jaw, and hold slaliva in her mouth at times ...

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Having fun playing ball

Mom with Alzheimer's is having fun playing ball.

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Merry Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas from Yvonne.

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Mom with Alzheimer's Talking about Cabin Painting (lots of talk!!!)

Lots of talk!!!

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Pierre the Parrot

My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2009. She harldy ever says a word anymore, but we still communicate and interact. The IPad helps this...

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Signing Time Family discussion

My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2009. She harldy ever says a word anymore, but she smiles EVERYDAY. The PBS show Signing Time is ...

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Alzheimer's Disease (AD) - Exercise & Fitness

Out for a walk!

Mom doing EXTREMELY well today!

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Out for a walk!

Beautiful day for a stroll down the street!

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Alzheimer's Disease (AD) - Communicating To Family And Friends

"I love you Grammie"

Teyawna: "I love you Grammie." Mom: Of course I do...

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Evening Conversation

Evening conversation with my mom who has Alzheimer's disease.

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Alzheimer's Disease (AD) - Diet & Nutrition

Grammie Whisperer Tip # 11 - Encouraging Water

Tayla encourages Grammie to drink water to avoid dehydration. If we didn't encourage water she will rarely take a drink independently.

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Grammie Whisperer Tip #1 Chia Seed pudding

Tayla AKA "The Grammie Whisperer" teaches us how to make a nutritious and easy to eat Chia seed pudding for Alzheimer's patients.

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The "Thick-It" and thin of it, an update on my mom

Using water thickener and an update on my mom.

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Tip # 13 from the Grammie Whisperer on Larabars

Larabars are a great nutritional food made only from natural ingredients (mainly dates and nuts) that are easy for Grammie to eat.

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Alzheimer's Disease (AD) - 360Interviews

Dancing, dancing!

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Have a DRINK!!!!

Getting my mom to drink water takes patience!

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Alzheimer's Disease (AD) - Preparing For The Future

Alzheimer's Disease the End Stage, Our Experience of Stage Seven Toni Wombaker

This is informational and personal account of what you could possible expect during stage seven of Alzheimer's Disease. Finishing this is a Mot...

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Last "I Love You" passed on 5/17/2016

Today would have been my sweet mama's 73rd birthday, she passed away 10 days ago. Miss you and love you always.

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The Binder . . . EVERYONE NEEDS A BINDER!

My sweet aunt Cheri told me, "Toni, it doesn't matter how young or how old you are. Everyone needs a binder!" I didn't understand...

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Alzheimer's Disease (AD) - Medications, Medical Devices & Medical Procedures

I Want To Be Like Her

My daughter, Tayla. AKA "The Grammie Whisperer" wrote this poem Spring of 2017 for a school assignment. I put it together in this video t...

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - Motivation & Support

Autism and Alzheimer's Similar Worlds

This video was created to raise awareness about the Autism and Alzheimer's. When I started caring for my mom who has Alzheimer's, for the first time i...

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Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) - Caring For A Loved One

Grammie Whisperer Tip # 9 Creating a Dementia Safe Environment

These are just a few features of my mom's living space that make it dementia safe. We are extremely blessed to have to living space we do and t...

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Pressure Ulcers - Caring For A Loved One

Perspectives of a caregiver 2016

Don't be fooled on this April Fool's Day . . . watch to the very end. This is dedicated to the MILLIONS of caregivers in the world today.

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