Just this week alone, the newspapers revealed two stories. One story was opposite the other in that it was positive while the other was negative – or sad, whatever way you look at it.
The positive story revealed two hundred-year-old women that have been best friends since the first grade. What? Some ninety-three years or more? These women have been through it through thick and thin together. Now they are handling old age like rock stars!
The negative story is one that we hear often. A story of love and a story of loss. The man in this story went out for some food for he and his wife of over 60 years and never returned home.
Last week this man was located. He had lost his life attempting to get back home to the love of his life. He had the beginning stages of dementia. It appears that he got lost, tried to get back and lost control of his car, driving down into a ravine where he tried to crawl back up to safety but never quite made it.
His wife was interviewed. She was just happy to know what happened to her husband. She was just grateful that she would be able to live her life knowing that she could lay him to rest; that someday she would join him and that they would be together forever.
The signs of aging are both positive and negative. It is my responsibility as an elderly caregiver to deal with both.