Mom at 96

September 15th, 2016


I just returned from a visit to Minnesota to visit my 96-year-old mother Norma.  Living in an assisted living facility, she continues to be an inspiration to me.  She loves to play bridge, and every evening in the facility, a group of residents gather to play cards. For this activity, my mother wouldn’t miss an opportunity to adorn her hands with rings from a collection which she has maintained over a lifetime.


Her white hair is her crowning glory, and since I’ve grown my hair out from red to white, I’m happy to say that our hair is now the same color.  She never lets a day go by without choosing earrings and other accessories to partner with an outfit from her closet.


Macular degeneration limits her eyesight and she walks with a walker, but it doesn’t interfere with her ability to enjoy life to the fullest and engage with a sense of humor. Enlarged cards facilitate card playing and she loves to listen to audio books. Totally independent with activities of daily living, Mom loves to tell stories of the past, but she lives in the present.  Currently the oldest resident in the facility, she is admired by her peers for her positive mindset and kindness.  She provides an example for all.

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.


30 Responses to “Mom at 96”

  1. Chris Klein-Goss

    It’s clear where you get your beautiful smile and shining spirit! 2 Lovely Ladies insipiring all of us… And Mom has great jewelry, too!

  2. Ilze

    Just beautiful!

  3. Carolyn

    I want to be in the same assisted living faculty YOU choose because we will all follow your beautiful Mother Norma’s lead…what an inspiration…

  4. Kathy

    Your mother is beautiful. I love the photo of her hands.

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  7. Nan

    I too have a 96-year-old nearly blind mother living in another state. Mine is still in her own home! Mine is also beautiful. Her game of choice is Scrabble.

  8. Joyce

    Wow! 2 lovely stylish ladies! I love your mum’s rings – super cool.

  9. Mercedes de Marchena

    What a wonderful picture!!! Your mother is so stylish….now we know why you have such flair for clothing and accessories. Keep it up, Judith!!!

  10. No Fear of Fashion

    And she has lovely, elegant clothes to go with her jewellery. Or the other way around haha. Indeed an example for us all. I am aiming on getting older in the same way.

  11. Douglas Anderson

    Your mother is nearly as impressive as you are!

  12. thorne garnet

    There must be something in the air in Minnesota. My boss is from there and her 90 something Mother still lives on the family farm.

  13. Suzanne

    I hope I am able to age this well.


  14. Ann robson

    Your Mum is wonderful, an inspiration.

  15. Jodie filogomo

    Definitely a fabulous inspiration!!

  16. Izabel

    Oh, I do love your mother’s rings and your hat! It certainly seems genes play a part in your elegance and I hope we see more of Norma in the future.

  17. Merle

    2 beauties!!!!!!

  18. Sally Olsen

    I don’t know if the picture of you and your mother is recent but, if it is, she doesn’t even look close to 96! Both of you are beautiful women.

  19. Judith Boyd

    Thank you Sally. The photos were taken last week!

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  21. Barbara Harris

    Wow ! May God bless you, Dear Lady.

  22. Jan Jeremiason

    The pictures are great, and your tribute to your mother is so true! I played cards with her on Tuesday, she was still euphoric about your trip to the farm. Seeing the cabin on the hill was certainly the highlight of the trip! I sure enjoyed your visit too.

    Love Janet

  23. Vix

    What an inspiration your beautiful mother is! xxx

  24. Natalia

    She passed her uplifting spirit and great looks and style on to you, Judith! Very inspiring indeed!

  25. Kaye

    So nice to see! I would love to be able to soon see my two aunts in Ohio and West Virginia, both in assisted living/group living homes, and in their 90’s.

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  27. Elizabeth g. Arthur

    Thank you for introducing me to your beautiful mother and your time visiting her. What precious moments are these, Judith. xx

  28. Joan K. Deming

    How lovely to see you two together and “meet” your stylish Mom. She’s a gem!


    Amazing Ladies and very chic (the both).Good health for older lady. 🙂

  30. Curtise

    Two very lovely inspirational women! Your mother’s collection of rings is clearly impressive too!
    My mum is 92 and still living independently – I hope I have her spirit and good health at that age.
    Slowly catching up with everyone – it’s lovely to see you, Judith. xx

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