physical therapy and rehabilitation November 2018
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MAKING T IME FOR FAMI LY Thanksgiving With Grandpa
and was happy everyone came out to see him. It was an emotional day for us all, but I know Grandma would have been proud of us for taking care of Grandpa. “A retirement home might not sound like the ideal place to hold Thanksgiving dinner, but that year meant a lot to my family. ” It’s been over a year since Grandma passed away, but we’re still coming to terms with the loss. When someone who was there every day of your life is suddenly not around anymore, it’s a difficult process to learn to live with their absence. I expect this Thanksgiving to be emotional, too, but there is some joy to be found. This will be my youngest son’s first Thanksgiving. Most of the family has already met Levi, but I am excited to celebrate one of my favorite holidays as my family grows. I’ve never cared much about the food on Thanksgiving. Yes, turkey and mashed potatoes are great, but I ammore looking forward to spending the day with my family. We get to kick back, relax, and reconnect. Often, we become so busy during the year that we can blink and it’s been months since we’ve seen each other. For me, Thanksgiving is a day I get to spend with my parents, my sister, my grandpa, my wife, my sons, and everyone else I love. Thanksgiving is a day to be grateful, and what I ammost thankful for is my family. I am thankful for the people I will get to see on the holiday, for those who won’t be able to join the feast, and for my memories of those who have passed on, like Grandma.
Historically, my family has divided up the holidays with different people offering to host the family gatherings throughout the year. When I was a child, I remember how the whole family would get together at my grandparents’ house every year. We ate classic Thanksgiving food, watched football, and hung out together. More recently, my aunt took over as host, which is nice because she has a big theater room that’s perfect for watching the Detroit Lions play. But last year, my family broke from tradition to spend Thanksgiving at the assisted living facility where my grandfather lives.
A retirement home might not sound like the ideal place to hold Thanksgiving dinner, but that year meant a lot to my family. It was our first Thanksgiving without my grandmother. Grandpa moved into the assisted living facility after my grandmother passed away, and when Thanksgiving rolled around, he didn’t feel like going anywhere. Everyone wanted to give him a good holiday, so we worked with the facility and brought Thanksgiving to him. The facility where he lives has a big community room, so there was space for all of us. Everyone cooked something, and we celebrated Thanksgiving as a family. Grandpa really enjoyed it
I hope you all enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with good food, good company, and plenty of reasons to be thankful.
-Dr. Jerome Adams
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