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Project 365 - Day 19

I spent a rare afternoon in the bosom of my family, as my aunt and uncle (my dad's youngest brother) came to visit. I hadn't seen them in an age, and I quite enjoyed spending some time with them. They're approaching fourscore years, and in reasonably good health; but they do have this one big worry: what will happen to their son after they themselves have gone? My cousin Peter is 56, but has a mental age of 8, and is totally dependent on them for everything.

We couldn't find an answer to that question today, either.

Anyway, I didn't have time to look for a more interesting subject for taking a picture, so a view of the houses of parliament must suffice.


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Mar. 9th, 2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
It's always hard on families but, having seen too many times the problems caused by waiting till there's a crisis or worse, the parent carer dies I would strongly advise that yoyr aunt and uncle get their son settled in supported living ( a group home, not an insititution) as soon as possible. That way they can continue to support him but be reassured that he's settled and happy which may help them to let go of some of their worries
Mar. 9th, 2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
I can see that they're going to have to think about going down that avenue, but it's hard for them to let go. Peter moved out a few years ago, to the flat nextdoor, but it really only means that he's no longer sleeping at home. His parents still do the cleaning, the shopping, the cooking and handle his finances, so he's far from standing on his own two feet.
Mar. 10th, 2012 06:30 am (UTC)
I agree with Deb's comments above. They should deal with this problem ASAP before one of them becomes ill. I recently gave this advice to my elderly neighbour as well - that she does the legwork now while she is still with it and mobile to find her own nursing home, rather than leaving it to her nieces to deal with when she is no longer able to. Nobody wants to be in a nursing home but for most of us, it's the inevitable end (barring more widespread acceptance of euthanasia, which would be my preferred choice, but the god-botherers seem to think it's okay for them to impose their opposition upon me). Better to choose your own and make your own arrangements, I say.
Mar. 10th, 2012 10:52 am (UTC)
I agree with Debs' comments as well. But I don't know if I can persuade my aunt and uncle to take that advice...
Mar. 10th, 2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
Off topic question:
A friend and I dined together last night and the subject of Dutch cuisine came up. Neither of us had any associations with what Dutch people eat — are there any typical national dishes? She'd been to an ostensibly Dutch restaurant in the East Village recently and ate fried oysters and something made of oxtails.
Mar. 10th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
are there any typical national dishes?

Funny you should ask! Yes, there is a Dutch cuisine, and if you'd like to find out more about our typical national/regional dishes, I can only recommend you check out my friend Coco's blog - what she doesn't know about the subject, isn't worth knowing. Honestly.

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