Dear Carol: My mom is in a nursing home because of mid-stage dementia and other health issues. I love her dearly and visit often, but I feel guilty because I dread my visits. It’s not that I don’t want to see her, it’s that I don’t know what to do while I’m sitting there with her. Do you have any suggestions to pass the time without so much awkwardness? - Lee Ann
Dear Lee Ann: First, you needn’t feel guilty. Many people in your situation feel at a loss when it comes to how to spend visiting time at the nursing home.