Aging and Elderly

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Are You Too Busy To See?


“Mam, do you need help?” Running late as usual, because I always have a hundred things on my plate, I noticed my gas tank was low. Frustrated, I pulled up to the gas pump, grabbed my credit card, jumped out of the car, swiped my card, and started filling the gas tank. How much gas […]

Will You Be My Pen Pal?


When Maggie was 7 years old, she asked her great grandma, “Will you be my pen pal?” Grandma Irene said, “Yes I would love to be your pen pal!” So, for a few years, they wrote letters to each other until Grandma could no longer write. Recently, at 101 years of age, Great Grandma Irene […]

72 Questions


Do you ever wonder what to talk about when you go to visit an elderly aunt, grandfather or parent? If so, check out Telling Life’s Stories on my website.  There you will find approximately 72 questions to ask someone about their life.  Such as: What was your favorite subject in school? Why? What was your first […]

Why Visit a Person Who Does Not Respond?


Why continue to visit a person when they do not respond? Elizabeth A. Havey, author of the blog Boomer Highway, offers this thought about visiting a loved one with dementia during the holidays: “Even though your mother, father or loved one will not remember that you were there, know that your acts of love and […]

No Retirement for Aunt Margaret


A story from Margaret Stanner, as told to Karen Mulder. Where in the Bible does it say, “When a person reaches the age 65 he or she can retire from doing good and loving his or her neighbor?” This wisdom is from my Aunt Margaret. She isn’t really my aunt, but I asked her to […]

Gifts for the Elderly


Do you want to make an elderly person smile? Sometimes the lives of the elderly, especially those in a nursing homes, gets very boring; so, when you visit them surprise them with an unexpected present. Following are some suggestions: Sweat suits are popular with the elderly. Large print books and audio books. If you know […]

Older People Have Ears and Feelings


Do we sometimes forget that older people have ears and feelings? Please remember that even though an elderly person may be experiencing some dementia, they still have ears and can hear. They still have feelings, and they still struggle to hold on to some self-respect and dignity. Follow the wise saying which my mother taught […]