Ancestors are more than old photographs buried in a box. They’re often people who are still alive. They are elderly men and women who are living out their lives either in their own home or in an assisted living facility.
Unfortunately, some of these people are often forgotten about.
This “New Blog Of The Week” (NBOTW) blog author calls elderly individuals “Golden Oldies”. She writes about a subject we don’t want to talk about, and may prefer not to read. But someday, we will either end up taking care of our parents and/or deal with their death (or both).
This blogger dares to write about issues she sees arising each time she visits her 99 year old mother in an assisted living facility.
In her post titled, “Children Always Welcome Here”
Some Golden Oldies don’t have visits from their adult children once they are settled in their assisted living facility! A very sad fact of life. The children take care of their parents’ physical and financial needs, but are just “too busy” to visit regularly.
Too busy to visit their own parents? How sad is that? Can you imagine being in an old folks home, often left there to die, with no visits from the family members you spent your whole life caring for? Is that how children show their gratitude?
In an attempt to remain self sufficient, many elders prefer to remain in their home, taking care of each other during the final years of their lives. For children of aging parents, this blogger shares hints and tips (in a two part series) for “creating a safety net”. One of the things she mentioned is”
Have an extra set of keys made for your parents’ home and car for you to keep.
In the event of an emergency, time wasted trying to gain access to their home could be the difference between life and death.
Although her blog covers serious subjects, in her series named ” Is It Better To Laugh Than Cry?” she shares funny stories and jokes. Being a care giver is hard work. Breaks are often needed and laughter is a great way to release pent up emotions.
This NBOTW found me on the day she published her first post. I have followed her blog ever since.
You’ve seen her comments on nearly every post.
Her name is Linda Abbit, and her blog is Tender Loving Elder Care
Join me in congratulating Linda on her “New Blog Of the Week” (NBOTW) title.
Best wishes, Linda. Thank you for being an advocate for the “Golden Oldies”.
Photo Credit: My archives. My grandmother and a friend