Legendary singer Diana Ross recently graced the stage of the Neal Blaisdell Center for an amazing evening of Motown hits and so much more. The stunning 71-year-old looked decades younger than her “baby boomer” audience. Ross sauntered down the aisle singing, “I’m Coming Out!” I was in the audience, enjoying a welcome respite from my “sandwich generation” lifestyle. Weeks earlier, my son and I were discussing whether he should return to the dorm next semester, seek off-campus housing or move home. My octogenarian mom, now in nursing rehab, is deciding whether to permanently reside in the nursing home, live alone or move in with us. As the music of my youth and the crowd’s energy eclipsed those thoughts, Ross sang “This is my house and I live here.” The words really hit home. While I am busy at work, a professional, well-managed and caring staff administers Mom’s medications, serves her meals and organizes activities, like keiki hula performances and even a karaoke hour. She enjoys the activity and being with the other residents. I never seriously considered long-term nursing as an option; but listening to Ross sing helped me realize that the nursing home is my mom’s home and she lives there!

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