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This is what 95 looks like
Posted on January 28, 2019 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: Health and Wellness
Yep, it's true. This my mom and she's 95 years old.  We should all look this good at 95!!!
She certainly didn't look this good last month.  She spent 9 days in hospital, followed by nearly a month in rehab to regain her strength.  At 5 foot nothing and 95 pounds she's quite a powerhouse.  Not everybody could have recovered from that one.  We all had our doubts for a bit.  It definitely took its toll, but she's back!!!!!!
Julie took this picture just 5 days after she moved to Sweet Memories.  It is the memory care section of Kings Grant House in Virginia Beach, just 5 minutes from Julie, and 15 minutes from Betsy.  There are about 20 residents and lots of excellent caregivers.  We know that Momma will be safe there and well cared for;  and we're hoping for happy.
The reason I'm sharing this is to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.  It was a difficult decision for daughters to make.  But I'm proud to say that we understand things now, that we never imagined we would ever need to know.  
But this we know:  Getting old isn't for sissies.  It is hard work to keep your body healthy, but worth the effort.  
                            Patience and kindness are virtues that we should all practice, cause someday we might need them.
                            Love is stronger than everything. 
When you love somebody so much, it's easy to work at making them happy, whatever it takes.  Sometimes it requires listening to the same stories over and over, sometimes it means answering the same question again and again.  Sometimes you have to sing, recite childhood poetry, or just sit and watch them sleep.  But we do it for love; she did it for us all those years ago.  Now it's our turn to show her how much we love her. 
I know that Momma is proud of us, even if she can't remember.  She did a good job raising us.      
Comment By: Karen Conde
Posted on January 28, 2019 1:07 PM

That’s a nice article.

Last Edited: 01/28/2019 at 01:10 PM
Comment By: Karen Conde
Posted on January 28, 2019 1:09 PM

I liked your article.

Last Edited: 01/28/2019 at 01:10 PM
Comment By: Sandra Bradley
Posted on January 28, 2019 7:06 PM

Very Nice Gerry...
Momma raised some pretty awesome daughters!
Comment By: Mark Mobley
Posted on January 29, 2019 10:21 PM

Thank you for sharing.
After losing my mother last year and today being her birthday your thoughts ring so true.
God Bless