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2014-07-25 04:29:29 PM  
The woman was extremely disoriented and dehydrated, police said.

if only she had a water source stuck in a bathtub for 11 days.
 
2014-07-25 05:21:38 PM  
www.copykat.com
 
2014-07-25 05:25:19 PM  
I don't want to see this headline for the next 11 days. The totalfark ad headlines are bad enough...
 
2014-07-25 05:28:48 PM  
On topic. And if you don't laugh, you are dead.

http://youtu.be/L0RwTR93JpM
 
2014-07-25 05:31:09 PM  
Did anyone else read her address as: Acapulco Gold Court?
 
2014-07-25 05:32:16 PM  
I have at least 3 tales of various types in my personal experience involving an elderly man having a stroke alone with pager laying out of reach, a very fat woman falling and not being able to pull up, and another old guy being out in the wild and falling from a deer blind without buddies around. All got rescued but the stroke case didn't recover, the fat woman soon depended on a wheelchair and had to retire, and the hunter was paralyzed from the waist down. Cheery subject with many variations. I really plan to work on my strength as I age and stay in touch or not live alone if possible and avoid unnecessary hazards.
 
2014-07-25 05:40:16 PM  
My mother insisted on living alone. One day she fell down the basement stairs. One of my sisters decided to stop by. I hate to think what might have happened if she didn't. That's when she sold her house and moved in with my sister. We must look out for our elders.
 
2014-07-25 05:46:21 PM  
Dementia is a strange disease. I lived in an apartment and was returning from buying groceries. In the stairwell was an elderly gentleman sitting on the stairs and taking off his clothes. Neatly folding and placing them on the stairs beside him. I asked what are you doing? He replied that he was getting ready to take a bath. His apartment was next door to the stairwell and he got lost going to the bathroom and ended up in the hall then the stairwell. I returned him to his apartment, informed the landlady about his situation and started calling his telephone list to find relatives to take care of him. In hindsight, I should of called 911.
 
2014-07-25 05:49:10 PM  
She was a splishin' and a splashin'.
 
2014-07-25 05:50:26 PM  

fromafar: I really plan to work on my strength as I age and stay in touch or not live alone if possible and avoid unnecessary hazards.


Crucial, this. If you've got a mail slot in your door and your bills are paid online automatically, you better befriend some neighbors.
 
2014-07-25 05:53:08 PM  
Help. I've fallen in the tub and I can't get out.
 
2014-07-25 05:53:49 PM  

daffy: My mother insisted on living alone. One day she fell down the basement stairs. One of my sisters decided to stop by. I hate to think what might have happened if she didn't. That's when she sold her house and moved in with my sister. We must look out for our elders.


My grandparents lived together in a small house, with him taking care of her (basically just maintaining her daily routine) as she slid into dementia. He fell down the basement stairs and broke his hip. Unable to move, he dehydrated and died, while his wife puttered around upstairs, unable to understand why he refused to get up. He was already frail, so it only took about 3 days, and it happened right between family check-ins. My dad never quite forgave himself for that one.
 
2014-07-25 06:09:59 PM  

Sentient: daffy: My mother insisted on living alone. One day she fell down the basement stairs. One of my sisters decided to stop by. I hate to think what might have happened if she didn't. That's when she sold her house and moved in with my sister. We must look out for our elders.

My grandparents lived together in a small house, with him taking care of her (basically just maintaining her daily routine) as she slid into dementia. He fell down the basement stairs and broke his hip. Unable to move, he dehydrated and died, while his wife puttered around upstairs, unable to understand why he refused to get up. He was already frail, so it only took about 3 days, and it happened right between family check-ins. My dad never quite forgave himself for that one.


That's awful.
 
2014-07-25 06:21:16 PM  
Right, next you'll tell me Patrick called and he took out life insurance..
i1.ytimg.com
/although I do like those stair chairs
//I'll take 1990s day-time tv commercials for $400 Alex
 
2014-07-25 06:31:49 PM  

SlothB77: The woman was extremely disoriented and dehydrated, police said.

if only she had a water source stuck in a bathtub for 11 days.


Done in one, really.


fromafar: I really plan to work on my strength as I age and stay in touch or not live alone if possible and avoid unnecessary hazards.


I plan to shoot myself long before any of this starts. I'm 51 now and men in my line don't age well so...


daffy: We must look out for our elders.


Until they're too mentally and physically feeble to be any good for themselves, then we should put them down painlessly.

It's a good thing I included "and physically" in the above sentence or lots of y'all Farkers would be "sent home" around age 32.


Sentient: Unable to move, he dehydrated and died, while his wife puttered around upstairs, unable to understand why he refused to get up.


I'm glad I live alone. At least I won't lie there wishing I'd've let her fall off that cliff back in '87. Instead I'd just do what I do every night anyway, review all my past & present farkups & failures and bewail my ongoing inability to get anybody to care about me or even wonder why they haven't seen me post anything to Fark in 4 or 5 months. Lying there paralyzed with wet pants is so much easier when you have nobody to blame but yourself, or so I hear.

Seriously, my mother has cerebral palsy that worsened as she got older. So in 2002 she fell in the bathroom on the floor and couldn't get up till my sister checked on her 3 days later: she was pretty dehydrated because she literally could only lay there literally a foot from all the water she could want. She's been bedridden in a nursing home ever since. The moral of that story is if you have a physical condition that'll worsen as you age & weaken you might learn how to get along with your children before (in my case) they turn 34 and move across the continent to ignore you for 8 years, for example. My sister lived only about 10 miles away but had a husband, a teenager and a little kid in first grade to keep track of, and she doesn't care that much for the old bat either.

NB: that tired old tactic "I'm your mother so you do what I say right away!" might not work so well when your kids are in their 40s, especially when they've got families of their own. Think up something else before you need to. Really. And figuring out how not to piss off half the non-senile neighbors in your 200-unit old folks' building within six weeks after you move in might be a good idea as well.

(Not that I'd have any luck or skill in any of these strategies, so my exit plan involves a 12 gage on my 60th birthday.)

Anyway.

/ RANT OFF!
 
2014-07-25 06:38:34 PM  

daffy: My mother insisted on living alone. One day she fell down the basement stairs. One of my sisters decided to stop by. I hate to think what might have happened if she didn't. That's when she sold her house and moved in with my sister. We must look out for our elders.


My mother married again about 5 years after my father died. As they aged, we saw signs of gradual decline. We found out the doctors were asking questions, but mom would say, "oh yes, I have my husband at home and *name* and *name* (the housekeepers)." She conveniently forgot to tell them that her husband was in a wheelchair and blind in one eye, and the housekeepers were there maybe 6 hours on a long day.

After her second husband died, my siblings and I were able to nose our way into her medical and financial life (we had previously found a "your property is going to the courthouse for sale if you don't pay your property taxes" notice). We were fortunate that they had planned well, and she could afford 24/7 care, even though she denied needing it. In some ways, imagine the opening scene of Monty Python and the Holy Grail dragged out over several years.

Mom: "I want to go get my driver's license renewed."

Us (whoever happened to be there):"Sure thing, mom. Just hop up out of that wheelchair under your own power and I'll go with you."

Mom:"You are a horrible child and I hate you."

Us: "Okay, mom. See you Sunday."

Mom: "$@#&%" -pause- "Bring fried chicken for lunch."
 
2014-07-25 06:56:53 PM  

phlegmmo: Sentient: daffy: My mother insisted on living alone. One day she fell down the basement stairs. One of my sisters decided to stop by. I hate to think what might have happened if she didn't. That's when she sold her house and moved in with my sister. We must look out for our elders.

My grandparents lived together in a small house, with him taking care of her (basically just maintaining her daily routine) as she slid into dementia. He fell down the basement stairs and broke his hip. Unable to move, he dehydrated and died, while his wife puttered around upstairs, unable to understand why he refused to get up. He was already frail, so it only took about 3 days, and it happened right between family check-ins. My dad never quite forgave himself for that one.

That's awful.


My sympathies.
To you and your father.
 
2014-07-25 08:18:52 PM  

Hiro-ACiD: Right, next you'll tell me Patrick called and he took out life insurance..
[i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]
/although I do like those stair chairs
//I'll take 1990s day-time tv commercials for $400 Alex



Every time that commercial came on, I would try to do Patrick's line.

Dad: Hello?
Patrick: HIDADIT'SPATRICKITOOKOUTLIFEINSURANCE!
Dad: It's Patrick! He took out life insurance.

I also love how the guy has to bring out a chart to explain how your beneficiary can be anyone.

/MEDICAL?
 
2014-07-25 10:43:10 PM  

Sentient: daffy: My mother insisted on living alone. One day she fell down the basement stairs. One of my sisters decided to stop by. I hate to think what might have happened if she didn't. That's when she sold her house and moved in with my sister. We must look out for our elders.

My grandparents lived together in a small house, with him taking care of her (basically just maintaining her daily routine) as she slid into dementia. He fell down the basement stairs and broke his hip. Unable to move, he dehydrated and died, while his wife puttered around upstairs, unable to understand why he refused to get up. He was already frail, so it only took about 3 days, and it happened right between family check-ins. My dad never quite forgave himself for that one.


I'm so sorry to hear that. That must have been so hard on your family.
 
2014-07-26 04:09:11 PM  
Dragonflew

Dad: Hello?
Patrick: HIDADIT'SPATRICKITOOKOUTLIFEINSURANCE!
Dad: It's Patrick! He took out life insurance.


You weren't the only one.

I used to do the same line from the kitchen watching Corrie.
It used to come on about eight times in a hour.

/wonder why ...
//not really ...
///love those interactive-type commercials ...
////...
 
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