The abiding legacy of my mother — the listener
By Ellen Goodman | December 8, 2006
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Old age is not for sissies. My mother’s long slow terrible decline lasted over a decade. There was the television she could no longer work and then the telephone. There were the small spiral notebooks whose pages were covered with names from a past she struggled to retain. One page listed her favorite movie star: Cary Grant. Another listed my father’s best friend: Lou Novins.
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This really rang true as I am traveling down that road with my Mom. Dementia is a terrible thing. Slowly turning her from a “mom” into a shell of her former self. It saddens me. And, I’m not kidding when I tell people “when I get old, just shoot me!”