The Upside of Assisted Living

Friendship Bracelet

Recently my dad started wearing an orange and black Rainbow Loom/friendship bracelet, woven together with tiny rubber bands.  It’s not the type of thing most 92-year-old men wear these days.

At first, I thought my dad made this during one of the many activities that take place at his assisted living community.  He’s not really an arts and crafts type of guy, but sometimes he participates in activities for a change of scenery (as he puts it).  Then I learned that Ann — the Med Tech who visits in the morning — has a six-year-old daughter who made it.  Ann mentioned to her daughter that my dad loves the San Francisco Giants; so, she made him a friendship bracelet with his team’s colors.

So for all the negative stories about assisted living, which make headline news, know that quiet moments of kindness and friendship take place as well.



  1. Judith


    I LOVE this story.

    Best, J


    1. I’m sure you have a treasure of stories about the ladies who cared for your mom.


  2. Linda

    I love reading your blog. I have a 94 year old Dad in assisted living ( my mom passed away 7 years ago). I can relate to most of your articles and enjoy them so much.


    1. Thank you so much for the note. Nothing makes me happier than knowing that the stories I share resonate with other people.


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