Happy 101st birthday, Aunt T!
One of my spouse's aunts celebrates her 101st birthday at an Irish pub near where she lives in downstate New York.
Last week I started to blog about aging and my using my mother in law (who is in her 80's) as an example for both the good and the bad things she did that have led to her challenges in aging. Some of her mistakes were not intentional - medicine of the time just didn't know better. And, despite trying to "eat right and exercise", there were no warnings to seniors 25 years ago about working on their balance. I hope I can learn from her mistakes - and the things she did do right.
But if I really want to know about aging, I don't have to look any further than her sister in law.
Our family birthday woman is a sharp senior who, until the last few months, enjoyed relatively good health free of prescription meds. I wish I had her memory.
Much of her life was not easy, and was full of physical work. She's always been active. That might explain how, until a few months ago, she kept house and cooked for herself and her son, himself a "senior.
She's been a widow for almost 40 years, but that never stopped her.
She believes in fresh vegetables, and lots of them. She's told me stories of gathering wild broccoli, and eating violets.
She keeps up with current events, and very much lives in the present. She loves a good discussion. She is loud, and vocal, in defending her opinions.
She's just as quick to tell you how much she loves you. And I love her so, too.
She has a wonderful zest for life.
Sadly, physically, things could be a lot better for her. She has lost almost all of her teeth. She is severely stooped over from osteoporosis. And now, health issue are cropping up. She's been hospitalized twice in the last several months, and now needs home health care. Physically, she can be called "frail" but in the mind - where it counts - she is a powerhouse.
I will continue to use her as one of my role models, along with my mother in law. Their lives have become lessons in how to age (for good or for not good.)
Happy 101st birthday, dear aunt in law. I love you. Did I mention that?
Do you have a special elderly person in your life?