Husband’s name: “Mike”
Grandsons name: “John”
“Sally’s” age: 71
Sex of Individual: Female
Living Situation: Lives at home on her own with her husband and nine year old grandson.
1. What is the environment of your home like?
Busy, before they got guardianship of their grandson, life was quiet and there was not very much that had to be done around the home. Once their grandson came to live with them at age 3, life became “a buzz” again. “Before our grandson came to us, we usually would get up in the morning, sit and relax as we drank our coffee and had a quiet breakfast together. Now, we (her and her spouse) are up early to get our grandson ready to go to school.” She also says “We had time for the things that we wanted to do in our later years of life, visiting family, traveling and such. Now our time is dedicated to raising our grandson who keeps us going and on our toes but we would not change the situations we are in now for the world.”
2. Has aging changed the home environment?
Yes, when they were younger, they had the energy and health to do the things they wanted to. Sally says “With age came some small struggles to stay at the pace we had always had when we were younger. Things that were always easy slowly became more time consuming, housekeeping used to be something that I could complete pretty quickly; now, I am a little slower (with the help of my grandson). Otherwise, she says “life keeps us all busy.”
3. Do you rely on others for help with any activities in the home? Sally answers “No, we are still able and willing to do our chores and keep up with the necessary tasks that we have. Although, we do have “John” (grandson) visit family a few times a month so that we have time to recharge.”
4. Do you still drive? If so, how has aging changed how you drive? Sally answered, “Yes, we both (her and her husband Mike) still drive. Driving is something that...