Too much of a good thing
By Judy Evans
November 28, 2017 7:59am CST
I read a post by Always smiling (@allknowing) who is going to host a Christmas party for some old folk who live in a home near her. I think this is a very kind thing to do but it also brought to mind an incident which happened at my workplace some years ago. The small company I worked with had offices in the administration area of a facility that catered for a number of people who all had dementia of some kind. Every Christmas several groups would come to the facility to entertain the residents with Christmas carols and songs. Through the goodness of their hearts, they would give up their time to entertain others but it wasn’t always appreciated. A few weeks before Christmas two groups had been and done their good deed but when the residents were ushered into the room and saw a third choir standing there in their Santa hats, one gentleman proclaimed loudly ‘Not more bloody carols!’. The photo is of Herc in HIS Christmas hat.
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• Bunbury, Australia
I'd love another sheep but any pet becomes another thing to consider if you want to go away for a while. We hope to do some travelling around Australia later so best not to have a pet at the moment - unless one finds us of course.
I know that when I worked with the elderly they used to get so many visiting acts to perform at Christmas that they would go into a bit of an emotional slump part way thru the season, it was all to overwhelming. Love the picture of Herc, I miss him.
I talked to some seniors in their 80s, 90s, they told me something similar, that it annoyed them a bit when their children and grandchildren kept coming to their places, thinking that they need some cheering up. They expressed the wish to have some time for themselves, just to do whatever they like, not being bugged constantly with people coming going all the time. Yet, they said they would like to have someone stay around at their places during night time or when the weather was extremely bad. It was just the daytime that they said they wanted some time alone to nap, etc.
• Bunbury, Australia
There is a time when the children take over as the care-givers but the period before that can be a bit tricky. It can be hard to take criticism from your children or be told what you should or shouldn't be doing. A neighbour told my Mum she should be climbing the apricot tree at 85 because she could have a fall. But Mum just got out of bed a bit earlier and climbed the tree before the neighbour was out of bed.