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Seniors and Voting : Miss Alma Says “Get Out to Vote”

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Seniors and Voting is more important than ever. Here is a sort that I want to share with you about a Meals On Wheels client.

Every Wednesday, we drive to a small church in a poor community about 15 minutes by freeway from our home. There we pick up prepackaged meals, desserts, and cold drinks, which we then deliver to the clients on a route set up by Meals on Wheels. We don’t spend much time with any of the clients, as we don’t want the rest of them to have to wait longer for their meals, but we do take a few extra minutes – more than just “here’s your meal, ‘bye.”

 

Although we’re not supposed to have “favorites”… we do. So we do save one delivery until last, so we can spend a bit more time with this wonderful lady. Miz. Alma is a very tiny Black woman, about 79, with more spunk and fervor for life than most people half her age. Every week we enjoy a “group hug” with her – and I told her once that every hug is actually a prayer, so she loves that.

 

We’re fortunate here to have early voting for two weeks before election day. So we thought we were being really smart a couple of weeks ago, by planning to stop on our way home from MoW deliveries to cast our ballots.

When we got to Miz. Alma, our last delivery, we noticed that she had an “I voted” sticker on her dress. We asked her if she had been to vote that morning, and she told us that no, she had gone the preceding Monday – the first day of early voting – to cast her ballot. She said she checked out every option, and made her choices ahead of time, and went as soon as the polls opened to vote. She wanted to make sure her voice was heard!

 

This wonderful lady grew up in an era of Black suppression and segregation. She has known hardships I cannot imagine. She has suffered tragedies that would break most people. But she has never met a stranger, and accepts everyone with open heart… and she is very, very proud of her right to vote!

 

No wonder she’s our “favorite” client!

 

If you have not yet voted, please do so as soon as you can today. If Miz. Alma can get to the polls, so can we all.

Meet Judy Morton

 

 

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Judy became a family caregiver when her father was diagnosed with cancer some 30 years ago. Since that time, she has helped care for most of her family as they dealt with various medical issues, surgeries, and the exigencies of aging, as well as the legal and practical issues that need to be addressed. It became a family joke that she "inherited her nursing skills from her grandmother" -- who was, incidentally, one of the first 100 registered nurses in the state of Texas! Caregiving has been one of the most difficult, yet rewarding, things Judy has ever done. After learning the hard way about Durable Powers of Attorney, Medical Proxies, Advanced Directives, DNR forms, Wills, Estates, Judy now shares her caregiving experiences in the hope of assisting others who are now on that same journey. Judy spent some time in a couple of on-line support groups for caregivers, eventually becoming one of the moderators for one group. She then founded the Facebook group "Senior Caregivers" as a way of reaching out to the many other caregivers out there who need encouragement, support and advice.