Snappy. Plucky.Jazzzzy songs from the 30’s and 40’s followed by a soft deep spoken voice, “this is ESCAPE.” In fact, it does feel like I’ve traveled back in time. Does anyone care what time it is? Check the over sized clock with Roman Numerals on the wall. Play tennis anyone? No? OK would you settle for the next best thing… slapping a couple of tennis balls on to a walker? Ready? Game on!First one done gets a sugar free cookie. Hungry after that work out? Interested in some “spaghetti fun?” You might even get a Polaroid of yourself eating! Is that mustache or sauce-Click-“Gotcha!” What fun! Time to relax and have a conversation with a new friend? “where the hell is everyone ?” “It’s early- they ain’t even made breakfast !” “Where the hell is everyone?” “It looks like the “coffee wagon’s” a coming.” “Grab your wagon’s ladies, we got some coffee to serve!
This is ESCAPE.
Welcome to assisted living.
It is official, Mrs. Robison, Michelle Obama’s mother will move into the
White House. I didn’t know what to think of this until I read the
N. Y. Times story about it.
It appears she is a strong woman with her own opinions on how things
should be. She disagrees with the Obama’s decision to put their kids to
bed at 8:30 p.m. and to limit the amount of television they watch. When
it comes to eating, she likes her fried foood with salt. “If you’re going to
have fried chicken,” she said, “have fried chicken.”
I like her. And I like the way the Obama’s are truly living out the idea of
“family values.” To me, this decision conveys the message that it is
Ok to value our elderly relatives. Too often, our culture is about sending
the elderly away, rather than inviting them into our lives and working
Moreover they are communicating that simply not agreeing with a mother
in law or elderly family member is not reason enough to avoid them. As
the population in this country ages, we need more creative ways to deal
with the elderly, And this intergenerational model may offer us one alternative
to nursing homes.
So cheers, “here’s to you Mrs. Robinson.”