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AARP VIVA, August 2009
En español | In this poignant triptych of essays, three Hispanic women talk about what it’s like to deal with various issues facing their aging parents.
Mary Lou Fulton: Making a New Ending
Her father’s death earlier this year prompted Mary Lou Fulton to reflect on what matters most in life. She ended up quitting her job to take some time to be with her mom and her younger brother, a 42-year-old with the mind of a ten-year-old.
Liz Balmaseda: My Father’s Getting Married… and I’m an Empty Nester
A trail of fancy cologne follows Liz Balmaseda’s dad out of their home as he heads to his fiancée’s for a dinner date. He’s 80 years old. And he’s getting remarried in October. Our 50-year-old writer—who has no children—finds out what it feels like to be an empty nester.
Ana Arana: Losing Dad, Loving Mom
Her father is dying. The difficult decision Ana Arana and her siblings faced a little more than two years ago seems almost easy now. Then, they uprooted their parents from their California home, moved them to an assisted-living facility in Seattle, and prayed they would be happy there. They were. Now what will be the best care for their mom when Dad dies and she’s left alone with developing dementia?
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