On the less serious side of things, I wondered what other people do. My mother has to go to the bathroom a lot. The one time I am sure she will have to go is when dinner is ready. She takes 10 minutes or so, so I try to plan things so she'll have time to go to the bathroom. It never works for some reason. When we go out to eat, she often has to visit the bathroom. This isn't too bad if she does it before we order. But often we order, then she has to go and doesn't get back to the table for 20 minutes. Each day I am left with the question -- do I eat while the food is still hot or wait for her? To tell the truth, I am tired of eating cold food, but I don't want to eat alone, then sit there watching while she eats. I have a feeling that others here face this same question. Time seems to expand for elder people. One minute becomes five.