The funniest thing happened after we took a walk while they were getting things ready to play noodle ball. We had Mom settled in a chair ready to play and she looked up and saw Jessie. Now, she had already seen Jessie and talked to her but it was like she was seeing her again for the first time. She was so excited and smiling! I think she actually was confused for a moment thinking it was an additional family member coming to visit. Jessie's comment, "Yes, we all look alike." :)
The sad side was that one of the residents, a woman much younger than Mom but who was already in a wheelchair and pretty much uncommunicative when Mom moved in, is in the process of passing. She may, at this point, have already passed. Beth, the activities person, and Tina, felt she wouldn't make it through the night.
It's sad when the residents pass on and at the same time you can't help but feel relief for them that their journey has ended. I've watched over this last year as many have progressed from walking, talking and enjoying activities to sitting huddled over and uncommunicative to finally passing on.
Through it all, Mom continues to bop around like she's not 96 years old! I looked at Beth today after our conversation about the other resident and told her that Mom is going to outlive us all. She said, "We'd love to have more like her!"