I told my mother that her problem is that she looks and acts so well, nobody believes she is 97 years old! 97! Five years older than Nancy Reagan, But she stands straight, has all of her teeth, walks without assistance. Yes, she has lines on her face, but not all that many.
And that's her problem. I expect her to act the way she looks even though I know she is almost 100 and I probably should make more allowances for her than I do.
My visit with her on Tuesday was brief, 30 min vs. the hour I usually spend, because I as on my way to the hospital to work. But it was one of her "distracted" days. She really didn't seem interested in anything and even the things she says all the time were kind of like playing a record, not with any feeling behind them. Again she asks who those cute little girls are in the picture on her cabinet. She never, ever remembers who they are. I tried to let her know "what I've been doing that's exciting," which she wants to know every time but she never listened, just looked out the window or at her fingernails and asked me what I've been doing that's exciting. She's always had perfectly manicured nails and Tuesday she had taken off some of the polish on some of her nails and just kept looking at them and picking at them and complaining that she had no nail polish (which she does...she often puts polish on her nails while we talk). Even news of Jeri's impending visit didn't seem to excite her much. She just sighed and said "well, it will be nice to see the kids..." Usually Jeri's impending visits are the one things that makes her sparkle.
But she's 97 and she's in surprisingly good condition for someone who's 97. I need to keep remembering that.