This blog was formerly dedicated in 2009 to my Dad who died of Alzheimer's in 2013. It's been three years now...and I find myself missing blogging...so I am re-inventing my blog... because, after all, life is about moving through, and going forward...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dad Wants To Learn Spanish...

Mom visited Dad after the Care Conference yesterday.  He was riding the stationary bike with his eyes closed...no doubt, his imagination had him riding along the boardwalk on the East coast some where, smelling the ocean's salty mist...

The therapist asked Dad to open his eyes.  He did, looked at Mom, smiled, closed his eyes and continued on his adventure...

Mom and the therapist were discussing Dad's upcoming 90th birthday party.  Dad was oblivious and never opened his eyes.

Mom saw Doctor-Doctor and went into the hall to chat with her, telling her how sorry she was we could not work it out so she could accompany Dad next week.  Doctor-Doctor told Mom she had explained everything to Dad.  Dad was nervous and wondered if he could trust the male attendant who will accompany him on his appointment to the vascular surgeon on Monday, the 30th.  She reassured him, he could.

Doctor-Doctor also told Mom Dad wants her to teach him Spanish, so she has been teaching him.  Dad was always interested in learning Spanish, and had several books.  When he came to stay at the nursing home, he kept asking us for his Spanish-English dictionary.  We would bring it, only to have it disappear of to find it buried under all his stuff in his bedside drawers...

I know he will enjoy having her teach him...

5 comments:

Mari said...

Your Dad is so amazing. I think it is just wonderful that at almost 90 he still wants to learn!

Chatty Crone said...

okay I am new on your blog here - what does your dad have?

I hope the appointment goes well.

sandie

That corgi :) said...

I think that is wonderful for your dad wanting to learn Spanish and I think learning it from a person rather than a book/tape/whatever is the best way to go; keeps him interacting with someone and keeps his brain working too!!

betty

Pat said...

This proves that you're never to old to learn! Good for your Dad!

gayle said...

That is great that your dad is able to use a stationary bike!! and learning Spanish! Wow!!