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Old Widow Is Lonely Every Day, Then A Nursing Home Director Is Stunned To See How She Lives

barbara_diamond Barbara Diamond

Ninety-eight-year-old Mary reminds us that people her age are sometimes forgotten, but still very much alive.

To document a day in Mary’s life, the Voyager film crew visited the elderly widow in her small apartment. With brutal honesty and unwavering charm, Mary paints a picture of what it’s like to live completely on her own, without much company in the way of family and friends around. Most people Mary’s age live out their lives in retirement homes, surrounded by their peers and participating in coordinated activities — but then there are people like Mary, who simply bide their time in isolation.

Her most difficult struggle, she reveals, is figuring out ways to keep herself busy so as not to drive herself crazy.

“You know what I do? Don’t laugh,” Mary says, “I get junk mail, I strip it. And after I strip it, I cut it up small, put it in a bag and put it for garbage.”

In the video below, the filmmakers also invite a nursing home director into Mary’s apartment. She is unexpectedly touched to tears and says, “I guess I never thought of that, after they leave me, and I go home to my life.”

As for Mary, the company was a welcomed reminder of the importance of human connection, and for that, she’s forever grateful. In the end, there’s one simple yet powerful message for everyone to heed: call your grandma.

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