It is not uncommon to find yourself living in a different state than your parents. Many children relocate for college, a job, or a marriage and settle down away from their family. The older generation also is known to move to warmer areas of the country to live their golden years away from harsher climates. Because of these factors, it sometimes becomes apparent that your parent needs help, even though you are far away. So what do you do to help get them the care they require?
Our resident highlight this month is on Mr. Gordon who was born in North Carolina. He and his wife of 24 years, Frances, have been here at Oaks at Braselton since September 2016. When they joined us at Oaks at Braselton, they brought along their rescue dog, Brody. Gordon loves walking Brody around our community when he is able.
Mr. Aubrey was born in Bainbridge, GA on March 29th and resided there with his family until he joined the U.S. Navy. Mr. Aubrey spent just shy of 5 years in the Navy and traveled the world. After serving in the Navy, he made his home in Savannah, GA in 1962. At that time Mr. Aubrey was married to his lovely wife while raising three beautiful children. From 1962-1985 he hung his hat in Savannah while working as a Locomotive Fireman and later became a Locomotive Engineer.
We communicate every day, especially with those we love. It is something that for most of us happens so naturally, effortlessly, that we can take it for granted. For seniors living with the advanced stages of dementia, that is not the case. Typically, most communication almost entirely ceases. For the loved ones around them, this heartbreaking side effect of dementia is a tough one to overcome. How can you connect with a person when you can no longer talk with them?
Mr. David was born in Franklin, North Carolina eighty years ago. He was so tiny that his mom joked she had to tie him to the pillow so she could find him! Of course, she, herself, was only five feet tall and weighed about 95 pounds. His mom went on to have three other children, giving David two younger brothers and one sister.
Mrs. Evelyn was born and raised in Denver, Colorado with her three siblings, Joe, Leslie, and Zeita. When she met her husband, William, she traveled the world while he was in the Air Force including Japan and other countries. Together, they have five children, Larry, Bill, Denise, Rhoda and Mary Frances. She is also a grandmother to many loving grandchildren.
There comes a time in life when you will need to take over your parent's finances as they age. In the event of an emergency, it’s good to be prepared incase they are no longer able to make decisions. If they were to become incapacitated someone needs to take over managing their money and ensuring bills are paid on time.
Born in Bowling Green, Florida, resident Martha is the youngest of four children. Her father was a farmer who grew vegetables. Growing up, they moved around various places. Martha called her dad a “Stroke of the Night” kind of guy. Martha’s father joined the Navy when she was a child. While he served in the Navy, he received his barber's license, and once her father left the Navy, he worked as a barber.