After living in her house for 62 years, today Oma moved to Aldersgate Village Retirement Community. Actually, we moved her to Aldersgate. A recent home invasion and theft heighten our long-standing concerns about her safety. The move was not without resistance. Helen very wisely enlisted the services of the Topeka Police Department (and staff social worker) to help Oma understand that the move was for her own safety. Even then, the strong-willed Oma let her feelings about it be known.
But, by mid day she was semi-settled, sorta-smiley and super-ready for the 3 PM ice cream social ... that she attended with her friend Carolyn.
While I'm sure the transition will be rocky and full of anxiety, the end of day number one was amazingly tranquil. Congratulations, Oma. You tackled your first move in 62 years with bravery and courage.