My mom has always taken care of everything. Everyone would come to her for guidance and support. If there was an extended family gathering, it was usually at my parents’ home. On holidays, my mom always invited those who had no place to go. Just like those early days in the church, my parents always supported and celebrated with others.
My dad is 92 years old and my mom is 90 years old. Last year, they could no longer care for themselves and they moved into assisted living. My sister, brother and I are now the caregivers and caretakers. It happened very quickly. It seemed like one day my dad was still driving and my mom was still working. Within a short period of time, it all changed. They realized it was time and made the choice to go to assisted living. They believe they are in the best place for this time in their life.