We are very fortunate in that dad has a large room and we are able to have a bed, a couch, and room on the floor near his hospital bed. We are able to simply hang out, stretch out, and talk most of the day. Dad lies there and listens. Sometimes we think he is sleeping because he doesn’t say anything, but he’ll surprise us by laughing at loud at the punch lines of jokes or wry comments. We are also lucky because we have a great deli that sells organic whole grain salads..we snack on healthy food thats ready anytime, so I feel good even as my dad is declining. Third blessing: my brother has discovered yoga so we can play together much to delight of my dad.
From The New York Times:
What Makes Older People Happy
Older adults more often find happiness in everyday events, a new study finds.