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Grocery shopping with my grandfather should be on video. He isn’t impressed that we take him grocery shopping but he can’t drive so like I told him, if he wants food, he needs to let someone take him. If you have been following along, you know that he has fallen quite a few times in the last 2 months. He is feeling much better and thinks he is 50 years old again so keeping him contained hasn’t been easy.
A day a time right?
Grocery Shopping with my Grandfather
My dad has been taking him grocery shopping for the last couple months on Saturday’s (my gram prefers to stay home) and I have been filling in during the week to give my dad a break on the weekends. Both of my grandparents are literally stuck in the house unless someone takes them out. Even if it’s for a quick cup of coffee, they both need to get out of the house a few times a week. Can you imagine being stuck in the house and not being able to go anywhere? It’s been the hardest on my grandfather because he is use to leaving the house for a few hour everyday to either go to work or go grocery shopping on his own.
Did you see the “my grandfather retirement” post? If you are confused here, head over and read that post! -ha. You can also catch up by reading our latest posts in our “dementia diaries” series or our “multigenerational living” page.
Our grocery store has a Starbuck’s in it so we had my grandfather try his first frappucino and I thought he was going to have a heart attack when he found out how much it cost. He said it was too chocolatey. -ha.
My son has been going with either me or my dad when we take my grandfather grocery shopping and it’s actually a huge help. He stays with my grandfather while he scoots around on the scooter and helps him get the “hard to reach” items. That allows me or my dad (whoever is with him), to do our own grocery shopping. It’s also a great lesson in helping your elders and family for my son.
Multigenerational Living definitely is an amazing experience for the kids in the house.
Kind of cute right? My grandfather loves to stop and talk to anyone who will talk back. Literally. This particular trip there was a woman who LOVED him and she made his day. She was probably 60 years old and she knew he loved the attention. Whenever we go grocery shopping, all the employees know who he is and they all greet him and make him feel welcome. Honestly, the entire experience should be on video. It’s a sitcom tv show waiting to happen.
He is funny and so goofy when he talks to people he doesn’t know.
I am always saying, “hello, I don’t have all day here! Lets move it along!”
The checkout line is usually chaos and my son is such a big help! My grandfather just sits there and laughs at everyone and makes fun of me. Whatever works right? My grandmother always says, “take your time.” She wants him out of the house as long as possible!
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