My gradpa is 93

  • DrobUA

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    Jan 12, 2010 2:21 AM GMT
    It's my mom's dad and I think he's losing his memory.. He asked me how swimming was going ( haven't done it competitively in a while) and he kept telling me that his two sons were really good swimmers. He said that they went to nationals and everything. I said, "Wasn't your daughter pretty good too?" (She won three gold medals in the olympics). He was like oh yea she was pretty good huh?

    Just a side note, he just passed his drivers test. God help us all.
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    Jan 12, 2010 2:24 AM GMT
    "Just a side note, he just passed his drivers test. God help us all."

    I hope he doesn't live in Tucson...
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    Jan 12, 2010 3:04 AM GMT
    my grand uncle died at 94. Sharp mind to the end , a former psychiatrist.
    He was watching people on TV and still making diagnostics...hilarious.

    his sister is still alive and she'll turn 104 in May. But she has problems, deaf, confined to her wheelchair, and has some memory loss, but it comes and goes. she's just waiting to die. both fantastic and tragic.

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    how the heck did you grand pa still get his license ? At that age, it sounds like getting a "license to kill " . lol
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    Jan 12, 2010 3:28 AM GMT
    sorta sounds like an old fella... they have spontaneous eruptions of memory vocalisation.. oldies don't tend to think about lots of things at once..

    And on top of that, Oldies have learnt how fast time flys but have lost all concept of time it's self.

    I used to have a dinky (it was a three wheeled trike with a bucket on the back to put stuff) that I absolutely LOVED to bits, my granddad would randomly bring up that dinky at different times, tell stories about how much I liked my dinky, things I used to do with it..

    My grandma on the other hand was much more practical and brought me under for my birthday... I didn't have the heart to tell her that she was getting underwear 2 sizes to small for me and that I couldn't wear them haha, she'd randomly ask me if I liked'em did they fit me well... she'd smile when I said yes they were great..

    Delightful people the oldies, tell you all sorts of stories and tales, you just have to work with there concept of time icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 12, 2010 5:29 AM GMT
    cherish your time w/ him and monitor his driving
  • drypin

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    Jan 12, 2010 7:19 AM GMT
    That's awesome. I think life long learning is one way to hold onto whatever brain cells can be saved.
  • bottomline

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    Jan 12, 2010 7:32 AM GMT
    My grandma was 87 until last week. She lived with me for the past 5 years. mother and I took care of her. I took plenty of pics and vid. I hugged her, kissed her goodnight evry night, and loved her more than anybody eles. On 27th of Dec she was almost in a comma coudnt respond to anything, we kept her at home, that night I sat by her where I did everngiht and asked her to smile for me, she raised her hand and and placed it on my cheek. Amazing. That was the last night I kissed her good night. But I dont feel parted. Cherish every minut with your grandpa,
    For those who one another kept alive,
    Never parted be....


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    Jan 12, 2010 7:46 AM GMT
    Be very grateful that your grandpa is still around. Good thing he still knows how to drive. You have to remember that each day he is with your family is special.You'll miss him.
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    Jan 12, 2010 9:17 AM GMT
    My grandparents (dad's side) both lived to 92. One thing we were always impressed with was how sharp their memories were. My grandpa was especially on top of things despite his age. In their later years, the whole family worked together to help them remain in their home (cooking meals, cleaning, laundry, etc). It was a lot of work on everyone's behalf, but they were able to live in their home almost their whole life. Both ended up in nursing homes for a short time toward the end as their health rapidly deteriorated.

    My grandma was running red lights and stop signs when she was in her 80's. Both grandparents stopped driving way before their 92nd b-day.
  • ATLANTIS7

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    Jan 12, 2010 9:37 AM GMT
    God Bless and Florida would be the place to drive as they are the worst!