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hat would you like for Mother’s Day?” I asked my 91-year-old mother, Emily. “Oh noth­ing, dear,” she replied. I re­sponded as I al­ways did and gave her some dumb­bells, a re­sis­tance band and a set of ex­er­cises.

She thought it was great fun, but then Mum loved to stay ac­tive and mo­bile. She’d been go­ing to aer­o­bics for 20 years, where she al­ways stood in the front and never missed a week.

I en­cour­aged her to stay fit as well. We both con­sid­ered it im­por­tant as it meant she could stay in her own home, tend her gar­den and re­main happy and in­de­pen­dent. Even be­fore we ate, I’d get her to sit up and down in her chair five times.

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