Caring for an aging parent is not easy. At 92, Mom continues to live in her own apartment in a senior residential community in New Jersey. Her “new normal” life includes a live in 24 hour companion Tina. Transitions are tough on us all, and even more so as we age.
My sister Patty is with Mom for a few days and does yeoman, nay yeowoman work in navigating with her doctors and tending to Mom’s care. She is the daughter my mother needs. My gift is to text Patty, Looking to support you with a phone call when is it a good time for you to talk. Love, Dan. When Patty gets weary , wondering, and doubting, I want her to know she is not alone.
When Patty calls, she fills me in on the story of Mom’s days: the details and the challenges. She supports Mom by writing Mom’s Christmas cards with her and helps Mom organize. More change is acoming, no doubt. Mom is lucky to have Tina so she can stay in her condo, and we are all lucky to have Patty.