My grandmother is 89 and she has Alzheimer’s. These pictures were taken four years ago – when she still had teeth, when she still fed herself, when she only looked confused or scared once in a while, when she still knew when she had to use the toilet, when she couldn’t really speak but you knew she understood, and when I think she still knew who I was.
Grandma spent her whole life raising eight children and being attentive and loving to 30+ grandchildren and great grandchildren. Virtually every inch of her small, three-level Etobicoke home was covered in school photos, drawings and cards – fit for an episode of Extreme Hoarders.
Happy Mothers’ Day to you Grandma, and to all the lovely people who now take such good care of you. – Mum