How do I get my mom to go back to the Senior Citizen's group for support and companionship?

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Are guest allowed for lunch maybe you could go with her one day-some people are afraid going in alone and then she would see her friends or tell her you both will go for a short visit and once she is there she will feel comfortable and lots of people will probably tell her they have missed her-my little town has a lovely center and I will be going tomarrow.
I have called one of her friends and asked her to phone mom this evening.
The trouble now is that my father is back at my sister's place and had all iV and supports removed so he can die in peace. Since he has forgotten how to swallow and has not had anything for five days, the only thing mom can do is sit by his side during the day and watch him slowly die of starvation.
She won't be redy to mingle with her friends until after he dies.
Is hospice involved I understand they are very helpful at a time like what she is going through an MD could arrange this and if her friends would call or maybe visit it might help her a lot may God bless you and her and give you strength at this time.
What a great question.. I have a similiar issue feeling guilty all the time going out with my husband and friends and my Mom just sits home.. she refuses to join a Senior Center stating "its a bunch of old people who just sit around" .. well, its better than sitting home alone..
Tracylyn26, my mom says the same thing!!! She lives alone and she depends on me for all her human interaction, and then tells me she is bored and lonely. When I suggest a group to her, she says no and asks me to come more often! I already go there 2-3 nights a week and Saturdays and Sundays. I have a family too and they suffer because she is so unwilling to give anything a try. I stopped feeling guilty for the few times that I do get to go out, I need to have a life too. Don't feel guilty for living your life, we have no idea how long we have to enjoy ourselves either.
I do not know why some elders feel their adult kids owe them so much of their time my MIL was not there for my husband when he was growing her parents came first but when she got to be 50 he owed her all his time even when I called him at work not to stop at her house when I was in labor he did anyway before comming home from work.
Cee-as mentioned, I would go to the group or mealsite along with your Mom and join in---this way she may not feel so isolated from the others, and gradually you can wean yourself away as she becomes accumstomed to this. Try to be sure that the environment/activites do fit her individual needs-as not all senior centers are alike.
Best to you and to your Mom~
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Cee, you haven't posted in 8 days. Has your father passed away?

The "dying" is more stressful than losing someone dear. To witness this is one of life's hardest moments, Even seeing my mother's awful cat die over a period of a week was the hardest thing I've experienced. Often during these times I turn to Poetry and music.

One for transforming loss is by the great vocalist Susan Osborn. Her album is titled "Tideline" and is based upon the thematic thread of a book popular in the UK and Japan called "The Little Tern." The seabird cannot fly, so adapts from his soaring loss eventually to life among the seaweeds and crabs and eventual rebirth. When I need this kind of transformative sweep, I will put on that album and listen with headphones over and over.
Good to have album to follow the words. That is an experience you and your mother can "disappear" into to transform one's experience and grow back out into life again.

Get a "world's greatest poems" book(s). There are probably books titled "Poems to get over Grief," but don't get that (though you can look there for hints. Just get the GREAT stuff.)

Here's a poem I was made to memorize and perform in the 6th grade. I was totally clueless and recited in a monotone race to get it over with. I was bright in many ways, but clueless in this case. My poor teacher was disappointed, I could tell. "Don't you know what the poem is about?" Err....Sailing??? "It's about dying and reuniting with one's true self or God..." Ohhhh...

I Must Go Down to the Sea

I must go down to the seas again,
to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star
to steer her by,

And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

- John Masefield
David Whyte is a surefire poet for times such as these.

Those who will not slip beneath
the still surface of the well of grief

turning downward through its black water
to the place we cannot breathe
will never know the source from which we drink,
the secret water, cold and clear,
nor find in the darkness glimmering
the small round coins
thrown away by those who wished for something else.

David Whyte, from Close to Home
Cee: for now your Mother is where she feels she needs to be. Her devotion to your father is understandable, don't you agree?

With regards to getting a parent interested in going to a Senior Center... well you have to make the Senior Center be a place where they feel they can make a contribution. If they feel its just a place for OLD people, then perhaps maybe SHE/HE can go to the center and shake things up a bit with perhaps DANCE lessons, or a quilting circle, or a Recipe swap.. or Scrapbooking session, or..... something else that Mom likes to do at home!

My mother was very creative, and I told her that the 'old people at the Senior Center' needed a creative director to come and help organize FUN things to do, so they would not just 'sit around'. After speaking with the activities director at a local center, THEY drafted a letter to Mom and asked for HER help. She was so THRILLED to be needed, that she was excited to go to the center! Imagine that!

p.s. without sounding mean I can only imagine how much our parents (good or bad) gave up to 'stay with us' or 'sit with us' or 'wait for us', that we should be happy to help them anyway we can. Why not get ALL the family invovled in helping with mom? You won't be giving up anything except the chance to make new HAPPY(ier) memories. Once they are gone, there isn't any chance at all. Take Mom out for an icecream cone, or to the movies, or to the park, and involve ALL of your family.

My heart breaks when I read "I have a life too" yes you do, and who gave you that life? I am sure that since my mother has passed that my 'other siblings' are wishing THEY had spent more time with Mom while she was here, called more, visited more.... but all they can do now is wish. My wish for everyone is peace... please don't thing I am passing judgement on anyone, just really needed to say that.

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