When my Mom started showing signs of dementia, it was hard to believe. I think she was about 85 years old. That was 11 years…
It’s Mother’s Day once again. I have three amazing children. I have spent my life trying to make their lives better along with my own. It…
Last year, I shared this letter with all of you. Another year has gone by and another birthday for my Mom, now 94, has passed. This past year, we have had some sadness in
our family. Dad passed away two months shy of his 99 year. Over the last 10 years, since Mom was diagnosed with dementia, Dad had been the one to take care of her, as he always did, until he was no longer able to.
She now lives in a world that is the size of a grapefruit.
It’s hard to imagine growing old.
My Mom is 92 years old. She has dementia and seems to forget how old she is. What makes it even harder is that my Dad passed away a few weeks ago on Christmas day.
He was two months shy of 99 years old. But when she asked me why Dad died, I had to tell her that he was very old and his body just stopped working. “How old was he”, she would ask. When I told her she was horrified, “I thought he was 86” she would say. “Then how old am I? I thought I was in my 70’s”. No Mom, you’re 92!!
After the funeral, I returned her to the assisted living, where they lived together for some time. She looked at all the elderly residents many in wheel chairs and said, I don’t belong here, I just want to put on my roller skate and go skating.” Mom roller skated until she was 82 and played tennis up until her 85 year.
I am one of those lucky people who have both my parents. My father is almost 97 and Mom is 91.
My mother taught me how to take pride in my body and how to keep my body looking and feeling good. She always set a good example:
I remember when I was a small child I would go off to school as Mom was turning the television on to exercise with Jack LaLanne. That took place every day and for ½ hour she concentrated on her routine.
When she would go out, which was almost every Saturday night, she would prep herself by putting her feet up high on her headboard with cool tea bags on her eyes.