Loneliness of Old Age

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© Andrea Petersen
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I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait and in his word do I hope...Psalm 130 : 6

On October 12th, mother fell at the Nursing Home and fractured her femur bone in her right leg.The doctor inserted a rod in her leg on the 13th. This is a collage of images that I shot of her at the hospital on Oct. 14th. None of the images in this collage were shot with flash as there was enough natural lighting in the room.

Mom was released from the hospital on October 15th. Now that she is back at the Nursing Home she is frightened of being alone, even though there are trained staff around her to help with all of her needs... Due to her dementia she does not comprehend what happened to her. At 102 years old she has lived a long life...I won't try to sugar coat the reality of the truth ...The older years are not always golden and it is very common for the elderly to feel alone. To compound her problems her diabetes has recently worsened to where she needs insulin shots now which thankfully is helping to lower her blood levels.

Thank you so much Deborah Downes for the spotlight! Bless you!
I received some sad news today on October 26th my mother passed away...
Please forgive me because I won't be on my site for a few days to respond
to comments...One is never prepared to get this news even though I should
have been. I have many good memories of my mother when she was active
and I know she would not have wanted to live her last few years in sadness and
confusion..I loved her...God rest her soul.

45 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (20 Oct 2011):

    Very personal, emotional and heartfelt! Still offering prayers for her (and your) comfort.`

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (20 Oct 2011):

    Thank you for your kind words...You are right... " Old age is not for sissies."

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (20 Oct 2011):

    It is such a sorrowful time when our parents reach this stage, Andrea. My mother has been in the nursing home for so many years, and doesn't know anyone; however, she is comfortable, happy in her own world, sings to herself, and for all that I am so thankful. It is all in God's loving hands, isn't it? We wish we had some control over what happens to our dear ones, but we really don't. So we leave them to God. It is so difficult to do. But He will comfort and protect her, and he is also holding you at this difficult time of your life. Peace be with you my friend! Excellent photos which show perfectly the sadness we feel when our family members reach this stage of life's journey.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (20 Oct 2011):

    Thank you all for your comforting words. Patty, "Victory in Jesus" is a hymn my mother played often when she was the organist/ pianist at the church where she used to be a member...It is wonderful that your mother still remembers the song and finds peace within...God bless you and all others who have experienced seeing their elderly parent get feeble and frail. When I went to my 50th class reunion recently I learned one of my classmates died in September from the complications of Alzheimer's...None of us are exempt from the tragedies of life no matter how old or how young but we have to be strong and keep the faith that tomorrow will be a better day.

  • diana a

    diana a gave props (20 Oct 2011):

    no, those older years are not always golden... but those of us who give care to these precious people have chosen to do just that. it is a calling. your mom may be lonely and frightened at times but i can assure you, she's hugged and patted in passing, given smiles and compliments and simple hellos. as important as the everyday care like baths and meds, these little "touches" give comfort and reassurance to the person, and to loved ones, that someone is there and cares. your mom is in God's hands... so are those caregivers called to work with the elderly. i love the photos!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (20 Oct 2011):

    Thank you for your kind words Diana...Yes, I am very thankful that my mother is given excellent care at the Nursing Home...I call these caregivers, angels on earth .. There are special people who go into that profession who truly understand the elderly and their needs ..They are treated very well where my
    mother is a resident.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (21 Oct 2011):

    Very poignant photos of your mom. I imagine it would be frightening to be alone at this stage; fortunately she is in an environment where she receives good care.

  • William Nawrocki

    William Nawrocki gave props (21 Oct 2011):

    this is very powerful. I have experience with a grandmother with dimensia. Unfortunately, i felt the most relief when she passed on peacefully. Peace be with you.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (21 Oct 2011):

    One can really sense her feelings here, these are indeed powerful images, and very touching. I appreciate your sharing them with us, Andrea. I know it can't be an easy time for you. I lost my mother thirty-three years ago this month, and I have often thought of how much I missed out on. I'm glad that you've had those years with her in your life, they're so precious, and I get a deep sense of how highly you have valued her presence in your life..

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (22 Oct 2011):

    Such an honest and deeply moving collage, my friend. I really feel for you, as well as for your mother. You're both in my prayers.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (22 Oct 2011):

    This is sad to see, however, a reality in everyone's lives at some time or another, the golden years, my thoughts are with you and your mom Andrea, BTW, this is very well captured !

  • P L.

    P L. (Deleted) said (22 Oct 2011):

    This picture moves me.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (22 Oct 2011):

    A road we must all take - left with only memories.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (24 Oct 2011):

    This collage really tugs at the heart. Excellent photo collage of your mom and my heart and thoughts go out to her and to you. This is a very trying time in the "golden years". You and your sister have been such an excellent daughters to her and this is a very moving collage.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (25 Oct 2011):

    Tychtastic entry.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield said (26 Oct 2011):

    Back to vote.

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (26 Oct 2011):

    My vote!!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (27 Oct 2011):

    So sweet, poignant!!! I voted

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (28 Oct 2011):

    my vote for her!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (29 Oct 2011):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (29 Oct 2011):

    Our condolences for your loss. Your mother, like Brenda's, left this life with beautiful memories.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (2 Nov 2011):

    Now this is even a greater tribute. I so agree with John. Your beloved mother left this life with so many wonderful memories.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (2 Nov 2011):

    my vote for her too!

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (4 Nov 2011):

    An enduring montage... voted.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) said (5 Nov 2011):

    I'm just back to vote, Andrea. And I do miss you very much my friend!! I hope you are doing well. God be with you!!!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (9 Nov 2011):


  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (13 Nov 2011):

    Very sweet and poignant, indeed. So sorry for your loss, Andrea. My vote for her too...

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (14 Nov 2011):

    So incredibly and deeply emotional.....voted

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (15 Nov 2011):

    Very immotional and so lovely your mother.... Incredible Love...can not be compared... Voted Andrea my friend!!!

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (23 Nov 2011):

    sad, but true entry! my vote!

  • The Man Who Isn't There

    The Man Who Isn't There (Deleted) gave props (23 Nov 2011):

    Great realism. My vote!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (27 Nov 2011):

    So sorry about your mom. Hugs!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (7 Dec 2011):

    I am so sorry I did not see this before. It is so terribly sad.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (7 Dec 2011):

    This is a poignant collage of your mother in the hospital. Especially since her passing. An excellent entry. voting.

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (11 Dec 2011):

    Age is a killer, emotional shots, V!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (23 Dec 2011):

    Andrea, I am sorry for your loss. I lost both my parents in a similar fashion. It is never easy even if the death is a blessing for the sufferer. You are always the child of the parent who raised you and loved you unconditionally. I hope you find your peace with her passing. xo

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (23 Dec 2011):

    Thank you all for your very kind words...Bruce, your words really touched my heart and you are so right it is not easy...I think about my mother every day and it is especially hard right now during Christmas ..but I feel her spirit is with me as your parents are with you even after death...My tears are flowing but they are healing tears and I know she is in a better place where there is no sadness or pain...God bless you always.


  • ajtiM

    ajtiM (Deleted) said (31 Dec 2011):

    so emotional....

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (31 Dec 2011):

    I thought that I had voted on this, I did comment and guess I did not go back to vote, so here I am, back to vote for sure this time!

  • Kathy Costello

    Kathy Costello gave props (4 Jan 2012):

    haunting photos. I'm sorry for your loss.

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (19 Jan 2012):

    Sad shot, but...great entry!

  • Yaz Hawkins

    Yaz Hawkins gave props (28 Jan 2012):

    Excellent pics! It shows the reality of old age!

  • Lêda Nardelli

    Lêda Nardelli gave props (28 Jan 2012):

    God rest her soul.

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