Lesson learned: During a brief moment of uncharacteristic frustration, Phyllis uttered these words to me. They confirmed what I already knew, that this major change in her life of adapting to a new home and lifestyle were taking their toll on her. I pondered what she might be feeling – aches and pains for certain, potentially coupled with anxiety and uncertainty.
For others, the aging process might mean loss of mobility, eyesight, hearing, weight, memory and perhaps most frightening of all – the loss of independence. Miraculously, as quickly as the exasperation was uttered, our eyes met and Phyllis gave me a tender and reassuring smile. The twinkle in her eye sent an even stronger message; to cope with the aging process, one needs a healthy dose of courage, patience and a positive attitude. Thankfully, she is blessed with all three.