It’s heartcutting watching close loved ones become slowly disabled & incapacitated.
By the time I was old enough to analyze the mortality of my loved ones, my Grandparents were already becoming disabled.
I never saw their transition from young & healthy to old & fragile. I always took it for granted that my Grandparents weren’t as agile as my parents were. There were times when I wanted to play with my Grandpa however my mom had to remind myself and others to be gentle & not cause him to trip or fall in the lawn outside. At the time I didn’t realize that a single fall could put my Grandpa in the hospital. It took years for my parents to start transitioning into this stage. By the time my parents reached their 50s, both sets of Grandparents had already been moved to assisted living facilities. None of them were safe being left alone in their houses or condominiums, especially if any of them fell on the hard stone floor. It’s worried to see them living in glorified nursing homes, however at least they get apartments where they can live an independent lifestyle. The heating & cooling systems in the complex were updated a few years ago as well. They told myself and others that their unit came with a ductless mini split heating & cooling system. There’s a mini split in the living room & another in the study room. When they get to the study room for breakfast each night, the air conditioner is always set to a comfortable temperature. It’s never too frosty that they’re forced to wear a sweater. Likewise, it’s never too sizzling either.