Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24We had a client named Kitty who was 85-years-old and widowed with a daughter who lived in Texas and a son who lived three hours away. She was a very modest woman who lived in a simple rancher house, drove a thrifty car and led a no frills lifestyle. Kitty had mobility issues, some forgetfulness and was on dialysis three times per week. We provided live-in care for her since she wanted to stay in her home as long as possible. One day, while we were checking in on her we noticed a picture of two little girls with a woman on a farm. I asked Kitty about the picture and she said that was her adopted mother that loved her as much as any mother would love a child. The other child in the picture was her biological sister. She shared that her adoptive mother had tried to adopt her sister but unfortunately had to go back to the orphanage. This was very sad to us and it was clear that she had had a tough life growing up. When it came close to Kitty’s birthday, our caregivers wanted to throw a big party and worked with her daughter on making arrangements for it. The caregivers, Dorothy and Elaine, arranged the entire party, and even ordered a cake, veggie tray and sandwiches for the guests. They invited the parishioners and family members and held it after the Sunday church service Kitty normally attended. The daughter called us a few days later and thanked us for helping coordinate the party. She told us her mother had the best time AND it was the first birthday party she had ever had, which was truly touching and an experience she will never forget. Kitty, The Woman Who Had Her First Birthday Party at 85 18