You’re Only As Old As You Feel

, , , , , , | Related | June 20, 2019

My grandmother was very independent and opinionated, even as she grew older. She lived alone in a small house up the street from my family, and my dad got her a system like Life Alert — where you wear a button to summon help if you fall and can’t reach the phone — but for several years she refused to wear the button. Her reasoning was, “But that’s for old people!”

One day my dad lost his temper and yelled, “Mom, you’re 85! You are old people!”

My grandmother whacked him with her wooden spoon, but she wore her button from then on. She fortunately never needed it and lived on her own with help from family and friends until she was 92. For the rest of her life, “You are old people,” was her favorite joke!

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