Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Why I got into Elder Law

My closest relative outside my immediate family growing up was my grandmother.  My mother was the youngest of three, and I am the youngest of four, so Grandmother was pushing seventy when I was born.  I am very fortunate that she made it to ninety.

She was an inspiration.  She thought things through, read things thoroughly, and befriended intelligent and successful people.  She attended college before many women went to college, and she majored in chemistry.  During World War I, she worked as a chemist in New York City.  She married a doctor and became the assistant editor of a medical journal.  Because I did not pursue medicine myself, I do not know just how smart she was.

Like all of us, she declined in health as the years went by.  She took very good care of herself, and she died peacefully at her home.  As the years went by, I got to see how she planned for her own death.

Image Credit:  "Welcome Gate" by Lisa Allen is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0