When her husband proposed that they spend the month of February in Mexico, Susan Reid was fearful of being away from her elderly parents for so long. Her mother is diabetic and her father has dementia. Neither parent drives, unless you count the golf cart that Susan calls “the clown car.” In today’s episode she tells us how that trip to Mexico played out, and how moving her parents to an elder-friendly community helped her survive a caregiver breaking point. Susan also talks about her mother’s near-fatal trip to the hospital on a Halloween night and the surreal experience of seeing orderlies in costume, aging in America and what it’s like to get the senior discount without even asking for it. And then there’s the free-spirited brother who raises goats in Nevada.

Music: “Kelli’s Number” by U.S. Army Blues | Public Domain | Free Music Archive