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Parental Journal 94 from Planet Elderly – Visiting Miss Pearl and Friends

October 9, 2017 – afternoon Mom’s been living at her memory care community for a little over six months.  I visit her every day unless I’m out of town (rarely) or dealing with something like the upper respiratory virus I’ve … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 86 from Planet Elderly – Relocation Saga: ROADBLOCK

Monday, March 27, 2017 – 3 a.m. Mom woke up early yesterday and announced that her house means too much to her.   She will not move to Missouri. I sipped coffee and listened.   She told me how comfortable she is … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 85 from Planet Elderly: Relocation Saga – Part one

March 25, 2017 – evening I arrived two weeks ago with hope and dread in my heart.  I was hoping Mom would not go ballistic when I approached the subject of her relocating to Missouri.  The dread was, of course, … Continue reading

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I’m Now an Official Resident of Planet Elderly

On March 2, 2016, a mere eight days ago, I turned 70.  That’s the magic number I use to define “elderly,” although I know others might disagree, especially those in their 70s. When I taught at a community college I … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 84 from Planet Elderly – Starting a New and Likely Difficult Chapter

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – early evening Mom has been living “independently” for over a year and as a widow for 4 ½ months.  Neighbor/assistant Kevin has kept an eye on things and in recent weeks has tried to get … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 83 from Planet Elderly – Tears, Bingo and Missing Curlers

Sunday, January 29, 2016 This time away from Mom is a bit of a test for us both.  Can she maintain comfort and safety living independently in the home she has shared with Dad for many years…with the help as … Continue reading

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Parental Journal 82 from Planet Elderly – Christmas Visit 2016 – Toilet Paper Caper, Frozen Food, New Shoes and Growing Concerns.

Monday, December 26, 2016 – afternoon Toilet Paper Caper Two days before I left for this trip, neighbor Kevin called and asked if I was sitting down. Turns out Mom’s sewage pipes were clogged and water was overflowing from the … Continue reading

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