From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

August 5

My 90-year-old mom, Bert, is in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease. She is in a nursing home. Once a fun, witty woman, now she rarely has lucid moments, and we communicate primarily through touch.

One day, an aide in the nursing home went to check on my mother. She was shocked to find Mom on the floor, with no apparent injury, still asleep and snoring. The aide called to the nurse who immediately headed to the room, saying, “Bert doesn’t move. She doesn’t roll. This can’t be.”

The aide wondered out loud, “Maybe we should pull up the bed rails.”

From my mother came, “Don’t you think it’s a little late for that now?”

Esther Copeland

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