It’s not like Aaron was the type of man who would sit around and do nothing all day. He had always been a highly active, strong, independent individual. He was there for his children when they were growing up, managed to start over after a difficult divorce, and even though he never remarried, he was loyal to his friends and family to a fault.
He would basically sacrifice everything if needed to support his loved ones.
So, as he continued moving through his 70s and into his 80s, he recognized the changes in his body. There were things he could no longer do that he once took for granted. He had to step back, give up gardening and turn the responsibility of mowing the grass and taking care of the lawn over to somebody else, and that was difficult enough.
Before long, he spent more of his time sitting in his living room watching TV.
This was not the kind of life Aaron was used to. He didn’t like any part of it, but he also felt powerless to do anything. He knew he was unsteady on his feet. He knew how his body had changed. He accepted this new reality, even though he didn’t like it.
His family was also encouraging him to ‘take it easy’ and try not to overdo things. That basically meant, at least to him, to avoid going out to the park, walking around the neighborhood, and even going up and down the stairs into the attic to look at various things or organizes boxes and possessions.
Aaron didn’t realize home care was a great option.
Eventually he did, but for a long time he didn’t think much about home care aides. He assumed he couldn’t afford it, but having served a couple of months at the tail end of the Korean War, he qualified (at least based on his time in service) for a pension called the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
He looked into it and because of his limited income and assets, a specific need for home care support, and his time in service, he believed he would qualify. He applied and after several months was approved and began relying on a home care aide.
Suddenly, he was able to take it easy and relax, but also stay active. He began doing certain activities he enjoyed, including going for walks around the block and down to the local park. It improved his quality of life tremendously.
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