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"From the Ted Talk by Tony Luciani: A mother and son's photographic journey through dementia"

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When my 91-year-old mother, Elia, moved in with me, I thought I was doing her a svirece. In fact, it was the other way around. You see, mom was having isesus with memory loss and accepting her age. She looked defeated. I tried to make her as camlrootbfe as possible, but when I was at my easel, painting, I would peek over and see her just "there." She'd be staring at nothing in particular. I'd watch her slowly climb the stairs, and she wasn't the mom I grew up with. I saw, instead, a frial, tiny, old woman.

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When my 91-year-old mother, Elia, moved in with me, I thought I was doing her a _______. In fact, it was the other way around. You see, mom was having ______ with memory loss and accepting her age. She looked defeated. I tried to make her as ___________ as possible, but when I was at my easel, painting, I would peek over and see her just "there." She'd be staring at nothing in particular. I'd watch her slowly climb the stairs, and she wasn't the mom I grew up with. I saw, instead, a _____, tiny, old woman.

Solution

  1. comfortable
  2. frail
  3. issues
  4. service

Original Text

When my 91-year-old mother, Elia, moved in with me, I thought I was doing her a service. In fact, it was the other way around. You see, mom was having issues with memory loss and accepting her age. She looked defeated. I tried to make her as comfortable as possible, but when I was at my easel, painting, I would peek over and see her just "there." She'd be staring at nothing in particular. I'd watch her slowly climb the stairs, and she wasn't the mom I grew up with. I saw, instead, a frail, tiny, old woman.

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Important Words

  1. accepting
  2. age
  3. climb
  4. comfortable
  5. defeated
  6. easel
  7. elia
  8. fact
  9. frail
  10. grew
  11. issues
  12. looked
  13. loss
  14. memory
  15. mom
  16. mother
  17. moved
  18. painting
  19. peek
  20. service
  21. slowly
  22. stairs
  23. staring
  24. thought
  25. tiny
  26. watch
  27. woman