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Digital Bonnie

I’ve been wanting to get some video of Mom so I finally tried it yesterday with my phone. I had a nice visit with her before lunch. She was in the lobby, sitting by herself on the couch. Another family member was chatting with her on her way out. This woman’s husband had just died a few days before, and there she was again, visiting with other residents. I gave her my condolences. Her husband was only 66. I don’t think I knew him. She left, and I sat with Mom for about half an hour. She was so talkative, so I just did a short recording to show how she will just keep talking, telling a story, acting out parts. She also touched her lips, which were very dry. I tried to put some lip gloss on them, but she was startled by it and backed away. When I tried again a little while later, I put some on my fingertip and touched that to her lips, and she accepted it with no problem. Interesting how that small difference made all the difference. After our chat, we walked to the program area and I sat Mom on a chair, put her bib on and got her tray. Lunch was a cheeseburger, fries and beans. Mom drank some milk and picked up her fork, which surprised me. She scooped a few beans and then stabbed her cheeseburger and ate a big piece from her fork. I cut up the rest of it to make that easier for her. While she was enjoying her lunch, I returned to work.

Here is a glimpse of Mom’s storytelling.

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