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Millions of Baby Boomers are finding themselves challenged with the demanding issues of caring for aging parents. This series portrays a daughter who is faced with the stark and all too common circumstance(s) of aging parents who are reluctant to accept the reality of their personal constraints in life. Generation Y children (Offspring of the Boomers) take note, because these scenarios may play themselves out with your “Boomer” parents. Advanced planning and having the ‘conversation” is the key to avoiding future conflicts and making the transitional process of aging with dignity a reality. EVERYONE owes a debt of selfless obligation for the “quality of life” care of their parents, whether willfully accepted or not, to look out for their parent’s best interests! If not you, who else will? THIS IS WHAT AMERICA HAS TO STAND ON!!! Other countries have already recognized this obligation for generations.
Warning: Some of the language in the first couple of episodes is graphic but the reality of the conversations are on point.
A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.
As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window. I love it,’ he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room; just wait.’
‘That doesn’t have anything to do with it,’ he replied. Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.
Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged … it’s how I arrange my mind… I already decided to love it. ‘It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away… Just for this time in my life. Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in.
So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories!
Thank you for your part in filling my Memory Bank. I am still depositing.
Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries..
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.