My mother is 91 years old and has grown grand children. They do not visit her and she does not get calls from them around the holidays, her birthday or just a call to say "Hi". I find this very disturbing, saddens me very much. Is anybody else going though this experience?
Her grand children are all in the late 20s and early 30s. I do not blame them, however, I blame their parents for not knowing to do the right thing. I have brought this up to one of my siblings and the answer is "I cannot speak for them". At this time my mother has trouble remembering their names or who they are. Also, I get the excuse she won't remember anyway. This is wrong! If they visited or called frequently they will be more familiar to her. Visiting maybe a problem but a phone call takes very little effort and could be easily done.
When I was their age I would go see my grandmother every two weeks and the visits were always short. She would tell me stories from a long time ago. They would not mean anything to me, however, the social interaction was good for her. I would ask questions and she would explain what had happened. Before leaving, I would always say goodbye and I will back soon. She was happy to see me and it made her feel good and I felt better. It is too bad my mother's grand children don't feel the same way.
I tell people all the time the best complement a person can give another person is: To spend time with person. Life is too short.