Saturday I went over to my neighbor's house to pick up some books she was donating to the library. My friend was out of town but her 105 year old Mom was home and happily said she would come downstairs and unlock the back door so we could get the books. Hubby loaded up the books and took off while I stayed to chat. She showed me a huge planter of lovely blooming flowers that was a birthday gift first.
The most interesting thing was that she started giving me advice to pass on to my 90 year old Mom regarding how to successfully live as an old person. Stay connected with family and friends. Make new friends. Let people know you need to feel loved. Keep your mind active by talking about things. Take advantage of modern medicine. Stay in charge of your own life and affairs. Be active (this from a lady who walks down steep steps and then a steep driveway to walk back and forth on the street almost every day - she does stop and sit on a wall in the middle of the walk and holds court talking with passers by or waving). We chatted some more about how to set ground rules when you move in with a relative as an older person. She touched on the need to save your money for the future.
She also told me about some of the interviews she has done with students about the depression and about aging. And she told me about how the library she worked at during the depression didn't buy books but rather rented them for a number of months and then turned them in and rented some more so they could have a variety of books in distribution.
She is quite an interesting and dynamic person with a lively mind. I'm going to tell my Mom her advice and am happy to report that none of it is news to my Mom!