Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Please, Don't Let Me Fade Away

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Please, Don't Let Me Fade Away

Article excerpt

Ann

Rickard

Columnist

news@dailymercury.com.au

IF YOU have a 95-year-old mother -- as I do -- you'll think a lot about your own old-age vulnerability each time you visit her.

Watching an elderly person totter shakily about the house with her walking frame, struggling to lift a kettle to fill it, let alone managing to get a saucepan on the stove, makes you sad and angry about old age.

My mother lives in Melbourne, so visits are not often. She lives on her own. She's brave. I won't be at the same age.

I hope my daughters will be caring and devoted to me when I am 95.

I have vowed not to be a burden on them -- and not just because I hope to still be a burden to my husband -- because nobody wants to saddle themselves onto younger people.

My daughters have been given strict instructions to ship me off somewhere safe and caring if I need assistance in the bathroom (yes, gross, let's not dwell) or if I become incoherent. …

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