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The Crabby Old Man

Whether it’s a true story or urban myth, this poem I received today is really beautiful. The story goes that when a crabby old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home, the nurses went through his things and found this poem scrawled on a piece of paper. The news of the poem spread and it was eventually published in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the St. Louis Association for Mental Health. I share it with you now and ask you to ponder its meaning. The next time you meet an older person don’t forget they still have the spirit of a young soul within: (more…)

WHEN THE HOSPITAL SAYS ‘SO LONG’

 photo – courtesy of flickr and roadsidepictures

Here’s an informative article from the New York Times. The New York Times has a great blog called, “The New Old Age”, which addresses many subjects relating to growing older. I found this particular article to be immensely valuable. Enjoy!

May 13, 2009, 7:00 am
 
When the Hospital Says ‘So Long’
By Maggie Jones

Last December, a hospital discharge coordinator called my husband to detail plans for the release of my 84-year-old father-in-law. After a few days in the hospital — his dementia and several other ailments had reached a tipping point — he was leaving for a nursing home. Given the limited availability of nursing home beds, the discharge coordinator said (more…)

3 Mischievous Old Grandmas – A Very Cute Joke

Three mischievous old grandmas were sitting on a bench outside a nursing home

when an old grandpa walked by.

And one of the old grandmas yelled out saying, ‘We bet we can tell exactly how old you are.’ The old man said, ‘There is no way you can guess it, you old fools.’ (more…)

Dry Eyes, Getting Older

What is a blog? Writing about whatever you darn well please! Well sometimes in lieu of writing I find great articles which are rich with information and I want to share them with everyone. I suffer from dry eyes so when I saw this article I knew I had to read it and share it ….. (more…)