After making a trip to visit my own 94-year-old "Funny Old Mary" who has become a shell of her former vivacious self rather quickly thanks to dementia, this picture brought tears to my eyes when I saw it. If you're lucky enough to have your elderly relatives living close to you, spend every minute with them that you can. Their stories, love and wisdom are something to be valued and may leave this earth before they do.
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Volunteers caress the hands of terminally ill patient Annabelle Martin, 95, as her health quickly declined at the Hospice of Saint John on Sept. 1, 2009, in Lakewood, Colorado. The non-profit hospice serves on average 200 people at a time and is the second oldest hospice in the United States. The hospice accepts patients regardless of their ability to pay. End of life care has become a contentious issue in the current national debate on health care reform.