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Aging. It’s kind of scary to watch. I don’t normally get to sentimental here on the blog or get “deep” about what goes on when you live with “old people” for a lack of better term. I have been thinking about how everyone around me seems to be getting older. Living with my grandparents has taught me a lot over the past few years. I have learned that no matter what happens in life, if you have your health, you have everything. Literally. I have watched my grandparents health, mobility and emotional well being kind of slowly slip down a drain as the years go by. It’s kind of like the drain has a leak for a little bit then it closes. Each time it leaks, a little bit of their health slips away. Unless you live with the person, you really don’t see it the way someone does who actually lives with them.
I love this picture of my grandparents sitting on the deck after I decorated it for them last fall.
I often wonder what it would be like to visit my grandparents at their home, like most people do. You know, just go for a visit on a Saturday afternoon and hang out. I wonder if I would recognize their deterioration. I wonder if I would know just how much they have changed. I wonder if I would see just how old they are. I even wonder these things about my parents sometimes. I mean, they were in their late 50’s when we moved in over 9 years ago. They are aging too.
My grandfather loves to sit in this rocker and watch the cars go by. I told him while I was decorating the foyer area after the new doors were installed, that the chair would be a good place for him to relax. He agrees. 🙂
I remember when I use to visit my parents (when we owned our own home prior to moving in 9 years ago) a couple times a week and just hang out. I never realized the life changes that happen with them aging. It’s hard to explain. When you visit your family members, you see them for a brief time and then after you leave, you go home and go about your business. You go about your life. Their process of aging doesn’t really stick with you. Does that make sense? Be sure to check out our about us page to read more about multigenerational living and our dementia diary series.
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