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.