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    Al of Rancho Santa Clara wrote: While on a cruise to Antarctica in 2007, we had the good fortune to befriend a woman from San Miguel with whom we have remained close even as our life situations have changed. It's those kinds of friendships that make San Miguel a special place.

    Sadly, about three years ago she had a stroke that initially left her quite impaired, plus six months later her husband died. Following a bout of depression, mourning and therapy, she has regained her full mental faculties and speech but not her ability to walk. The vivacious woman who used to take Pilates classes and brisk walks a couple of times a week now needs someone's help to get in and out of our car when we take her to dinner, and spends a great deal of her time watching television, often in the company of only her gray tabbies, Diego and Frida, and someone from her round-the-clock care support staff.

    Fortunately, her two daughters have effectively assumed guardianship, and keep in close contact by phone and periodic visits to San Miguel to check on her affairs, finances and medical care. A couple of weeks ago, for instance, one of the daughters discovered one of the caretakers was overcharging for services, and one other reeked of alcohol. Both were fired. ...

    There is more from Al at Life at Rancho Santa Clara: Wondering about the inevitable: Who's going to take care of us when we can't? More #RanchoSantaClara.

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