Visit with Mom

Waimea Falls 004-A

Waimea Valley, Oahu.

We visited my 98 year old mother at her nursing home last Sunday.  Though she has dementia, is legally blind and is hard of hearing, Mom seems to be doing very well.  She can still feed herself as well as brush her teeth.

One of my favorite anecdotes:

My sister Lucille resides in Virginia.  When she saw Mom for the first time in years, she said, “Hi, Mom, long time no see.  What’s my name?”

Mom looked at her and said, “Well, if you don’t know your own name, I can’t help you.”

That quick wit continues to make us laugh.  Not bad for a woman who has dementia!

In March of next year, she will celebrate her 99th birthday.  Will she make it to 100?

14 Responses to “Visit with Mom”

  1. Cathy Says:

    You can but hope lol. How long did her parents and her siblings live Gigi? That is often a good indication.
    Do USA citizens get a telegram/card from The President like the Brits do from The Queen when they turn 100?

    • gigihawaii Says:

      Her parents were 79 when they died. She is the eldest of 10 children, five of whom have already passed away.

      As for a card from the President, we will know when it happens. Lol.

  2. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    My 98 year old Aunt looked at her son Paul and said, although you were adopted, we loved you as much as the girls. Paul quickly checked with his sisters, but all of us advised Paul we remember when he was born. I remember because I have a child the same age. People with dementia say the darnedest things.

    That said, your moms comment proves there is still a light on.

  3. Christine Says:

    I hope she makes it!

  4. Joanne Noragon Says:

    We March babies are tough. 100 it could be.

  5. Hattie Says:

    That is funny. She is fortunate to have such a loving and caring family.

  6. DeniseinVA Says:

    Very cute your mom is. Here’s to celebrating her 100th birthday.
    That is a gorgeous photograph!

  7. Grannymar Says:

    Every citizen on the island of Ireland, whether North (UK) or South(ROI) receives a gift of €2,500 when they reach one hundred years of age.

  8. Jan Says:

    She seems like a candidate to become a centenarian, all right! That is a funny anecdote. Made me laugh. 🙂

  9. Olga Says:

    That is a pretty funny come-back. My mother had dementia is her final years. I t kind of amazed me how much of her basic personality she retained al the the same.

  10. Linda Reeder Says:

    That wit is a precious thing. Reaching age 100 is certainly a possible goal for her.

  11. Beatrice P. Boyd Says:

    Congrats to your mom, Gigi. My mother celebrated birthday #92 in Sept.

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