Like a 2-year-old, my 93-year-old mother-in-law doesn’t always listen. That’s because she can’t hear well anymore. Plus, with the onset of macular degeneration, her sight is very limited.
“Kay” recently came down from New Hampshire to live with us while we looked for a new home for her. She had taken a fall and suffered a concussion. While she was on the mend, her short-term memory was going fast, and in addition to her diminished hearing and sight, the memory loss meant it was no longer feasible for her to care for herself. Forgetting which caretaker had come to visit, or when and if she had taken daily medications — these were issues — but even more threatening were how many whiskies she might be allowing herself on a daily basis.
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Barry lives in Austin