I started this holiday jingle in 2011; I have added new stanzas each year. I hope you enjoy it.
T’was the fight before Christmas, when all families know,
It’s better to forgive than tell them to F. O.,
Mom probably liked you better, if memory serves,
So while I am a P.O.A., she will get what she deserves
Come on siblings and get off your butts,
I need alittle help, ‘cause I really am going nuts,
I am pulled in many directions, with no time for my own,
Let’s hire an expert who we can speak with by phone
This Plan will save time and money and help us agree,
We can all care for Mom, in addition to me!
A Plan of Care will outline Mom’s needs,
Working together, we all will succeed
All families are strange, of this I am sure,
Now where did we put Elder Caring’s brochure?
Some guidance is needed to keep mom from harm
‘Cause with caregiver burnout, I’ve nearly bought the farm
I won’t wait this time, I will call them right now
Professional counsellors will give me know- how
I found it along with various papers
Advanced directives, wills, now finally some answers!
Meeting a counsellor, has made it much easier
I now have perspective on how to proceed
Hiring a caregiver is just what I need!
Alittle respite will go a long way
Of keeping my sanity day after day
Why did I wait? I really don’t know
We are living to 100 and there’s a long way to go
Having knowledge and resources makes it much easier
And learning when to say Yes and how to say NO!
Our government tells us, we should be aware
For those less fortunate, it may not be fair
Our society is aging and we all will need care
Live with your children? A threat or a dare?
Dementia is scary, forgetting all we know
The best is to love but how can we let go?
I too am part of the boomers, still looking ahead
One needs to be positive, no point feeling dread
We’ve had the talk and filled out the Binder
Make sure your wishes are clear- just a reminder
What’s ahead for us all, we really don’t know
I hope to have the choice when it’s my time to go
Planning ahead – my message is clear
Keep talking to your family and loving them dear
(2020) This year is like no other with Covid around
Being isolated and alone can make you feel down
Caregivers are worked off their feet every day
While our aging seniors are sadly dying away
There’s hope in the future, with a vaccine on the way
Too late for many, but a promise made today
Here’s to your good health and an end to this virus,
We welcome 2021 so we can put this behind us.
(2021) We end 2021 and the virus is still here
It’s a different day yet we remain in slow gear
New things this year in addition to Delta and Omicron
Great new health apps including my Binder download
Live for today as tomorrow is not promised
Feel grateful for what we have while life is upon us