Photos by The Style Crone
The SC traveled to Minnesota for a visit with her 91 year old mother Norma, who now lives in an assisted living facility. Because of macular degeneration, which has limited her precious eyesight, and the loss of physical strength, Mom made the decision to move from her home to an environment where she could receive the help that she needs and now feels at peace with the losses that led to this transition. She enjoys the company of the other residents and staff and continues to play cards several times a week. Bridge is her favorite card game and she always wears rings to accessorize her outfits when engaged in this activity of pleasure. For purposes of this photo, she put at least one ring on every finger, but tells me she would never do this during an actual card game. I admire how Mom has the ability to accept and transcend the loss of her independence and continue to engage in a life that is meaningful. Her interests, in addition to playing cards, include listening to books on tape, relationships with family and friends, and remaining physically active. She tells me that she feels good most of the time, dresses for every day and enjoys choosing jewelry to accompany her outfits. This has become more challenging with her loss of vision! Mom attributes her longevity to what she describes as ‘good genes’ (her mother lived to the age of 98), remaining active, eating well, and continuing to enjoy her life. She appreciates that she can choose to be private or to socialize in her living situation, and feels grateful for her remaining function. Inspiring words of wisdom from Mom!