The spiralling cost of living has not in any way helped Maxine Straker care for her grandmother, Ms Doris Morrison, who yesterday attained the coveted age of 102. Aunty Doris, as she is fondly called, was born on October 1, 1906.
At their modest 57 Prince William Street, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara home, the two shared quiet moments yesterday in observance of the milestone which received blessings from members of the Plaisance Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Aunty Doris is completely dependent on Maxine who has vowed to care for her until the day that she (Aunty Doris) is called to be with her Maker.
According to Maxine, it was from the age of one that her grandmother took up the task of caring for her. She says that she knows that her turn has come around to do the same.
But while Maxine is intent on giving her grandmother the best possible care, she disclosed that doing so has over the years proven to be a mounting challenge.
She related that it is about 12 years now that her grandmother has lost her ability to walk due to a severe case of arthritis. The centenarian’s eyesight is almost gone as is her ability to assess her surrounding and to identify faces. Maxine added that Aunty Doris has been plagued with an advanced stage of senility.
Maxine related though that she is not deterred by her grandmother’s condition and will remain even more committed to ensure that her days are comfortable and are as pleasant as possible.
However, Maxine’s capacity to care for her grandmother as she would like is greatly restricted since she does not have a job.
She explained that with the constant service she has to render to Aunty Doris, there is no way that she could keep a permanent outside job.
Maxine said that she was forced to give up a job she had for 17 years in order to offer her undivided attention to her grandmother.
As a result, Maxine related that she is completely dependent on God to provide all her needs, noting that he has not failed her to date.
Monthly support has been forthcoming to Maxine and Aunty Doris from the Bunbury family of Plaisance, the Glasgow Family of the United States and several neighbours and friends who have remained loyal to Aunty Doris over the years.
According to Maxine, her grandmother in her early days was a vivid example of how a good, caring neighbour should live.
She said that today her grandmother is receiving her just reward.
Aunty Doris gave birth to two children, one of whom is still alive, and is the grandmother of about nine and great grandmother of about 17. She was married to Basil Morris who has since departed this life.
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