I didn’t see Mom yesterday, but she informs me that she and a new pal at the memory care facility are plotting their escape. They would like to take a walk out in the “real world” to see the lake they live near, and tour the fall flowers in neighbors’ gardens.
Sounds like outlaw instincts to me!
“We’ve had several plans,” Mom reported on the phone, “and all have failed miserably so far, but that will just make us better and stronger. We have much too much time to think about it, so we’re bound to succeed at some point.”
I’m so glad she’s using her down time constructively. It seems much more productive than playing bingo, anyhow. And she sounded full of spunk and smiles when she told me about it.
Most people need to feel useful and connected to the larger world, in order to retain the spirit of life. When we plan activities for people who have been isolated from their communities of choice by illness, aging, and disability, this is something prime to keep in mind. There’s nothing wrong with a good movie or games that have no purpose but to promote socialization and laughter once in a while, but I believe that we also need and yearn for something a bit deeper.
I’ve seen a few senior resisdences popping up that are attached to child care centers in certain ways that promote sharing and volunteerism. One fantastic examples in my state is the phenomenal St. Ann’s Center for Intergenerational Care in Milwaukee:
If only we lived closer to them!
Please share more of these success stories, as I am hoping to do in future posts. Thanks to reader, Katie, for posting the great link for this kind of thinking on the “About” page for this blog. https://margaretmassey.wordpress.com/about/