Growing up, I enjoyed very much listening to the incredible stories of struggles and success of my older father and grandmother. For this reason, it came very natural to me to relate to older people and hear their stories. All those life stories were always a gift, and many of them had a message that helped me walk the difficult path of life. When I got married, we used to visit often my ex-husband’s grandmother in Seattle. In 2012, in one of our visits to her nursing home, my son was running all over the place, and an old lady approached me. She said that the lady we were visiting was very fortunate and I told her that we were having a family visit like everyone else. She said to me with watery eyes that there were not many visits in that place and asked me to let my son keep running all over. The face of this lady has been in my mind ever since, and I awaken me to the hard truth of the loneliness of many elderly. Although I understand that some elderly have no family, many do have. Where are their families? Why they don’t visit? Also, I observed that many of the relatives visiting their elderly living in nursing homes were physically present but disconnected in their mind and heart. Why? I couldn’t answer this question until much later. In 2014, I went through one the most painful experience in my life, my divorce. During this difficult time, I received a lot of support from my mother, whom I was very disconnected — getting closer to her helped me understand with compassion why many people struggle connecting with their older in their life. I decided to transform my pain into an opportunity to change. During the process of learning, I propelled to an internal growth transformation that helped reconnect with my mother and give her the affection she never had before either. This journey led me to reclaim my love for the elderly. I want to help them receive as well the love and connection they deserved. They gifted me with wisdom and joy, and I feel it’s my call to share the grace in the older because I think I owe it to them.
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