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Kathleen Mears Commentary

Shopping on behalf of residents

December 5, 2016  |  Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears reflects on the challenge of not being able to run to the store spur of the moment—and the added difficulty of asking someone to shop for you. 

Growing into gray

November 28, 2016  | 

Blogger Kathleen Mears has given herself freedom to stop coloring her hair and start loving her gray—even if it means showing her age. 

The ‘thankful for’ tree

November 21, 2016  | 

This holiday season, blogger Kathleen Mears is grateful for the opportunity she and her fellow residents had to give thanks and participate in the celebrations.

Something WAS bothering him

November 15, 2016  |  Kathleen Mears

Residents who cry out for help can be wearing on caregivers. But what if they really do need something?

Rising after the election

November 7, 2016  |  Kathleen Mears

It’s the presidential nominees’ jobs to rally us, but blogger Kathleen Mears reminds us that regardless of the winner, we must rally behind him or her to ensure a smooth transition of power and to sustain our democracy. 

Laptop listening again

October 31, 2016  |  Kathleen Mears

Speech recognition software helps blogger Kathleen Mears connect to the world. Windows updates prevented her microphone from working, causing her to spend weeks troubleshooting for a solution. 

In the middle of ordinary things

October 24, 2016  | 

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears was getting ready for a day out until she got a somber reminder that we shouldn’t take our days, or our routines, for granted.  

Cause for alarm

October 17, 2016  | 

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears wonders about changing policy so the fire alarm isn’t a signal for residents and visitors to panic.

Undone by a cord

October 10, 2016  | 

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears relies on a call light in the bathroom, so when the cord was too long and ripped in half, she relied on some aides’ quick thinking until a more permanent fix could be made. 

Pneumonia and a dose of mortality

October 3, 2016  | 

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears caught pneumonia and caught herself taking stock of her life, too. 


Kathleen Mears

Kathleen Mears has been a nursing home resident in Ohio for 20 years. She is an incomplete...