On becoming a Senior!

A wonderful lunch to celebrate turning 60

With my immediate family

And my very special friends and chosen family

I love you ALL


Missing some special friends and family

Some unable to be there

So many no longer with us

My actual birthday, the anniversary of a friends husbands death

The death of a friend with dementia the morning of my celebratory lunch

My late father in law’s  advice to my husband

When someone gets married:

“Your new family is your partner and your children; don’t look backwards”

Much needed advice every single day

$2.49 disposable hand warmers from my parents

A beautiful card from global friends

Handmade traditional card from my Japanese daughter Shizuka

Donations to DAI

Followed by my eyes acting their age on Monday!

I remain grateful for what I have

Rather than stress about what I’ve lost

Kate Swaffer © 2018

34 thoughts on “On becoming a Senior!

  1. Happy birthday glee and glory my darling friend, 🎉🎉🎈
    May you be rejoicing and celebrating the vast number of crazy years you have graced us all with your awesomeness. Know, from the moment you entered this world you began enhancing our lives with your sparkle.
    I hope you are spoiled senseless, surrounded in grand love and all are embracing your shining, glorious inner goddess. 🌟🌟🌟
    Make this day one of sweetness, laughter, extraordinary memories, madness, magic and serenity of heart and soul. 🌹🌷🌼🌸❣💋
    Be fabulous, fierce and fearless as you continue to blaze a path of your own brilliance whilst illuminating the world. ✨✨✨
    Your gracious and generous spirit is something that touches us all babe. 🌟
    Rock on, know adventure is the only way to live, create your own bubble of bliss and live the dream. Every year is another 365 days of discovery and growth. 🌟
    Continue to be you, stay weird, cherish the simple stuff and live with passion. 💃🏻🎉🌈❣️🌟💜
    Know how precious you are.
    Love love love and special thoughts all for you. Xx


  2. Many more people like me are with you on your journey, gaining from your inspirational blogs. Your unknown admirers do not often write but I, for one, wish you a happy birthday and many more to come. You are a great example of dementia with dignity and the recommendations that you make give practical ideas and support wherever you are in the world.
    Thank you.


  3. Happy Birthday Kate
    (we’re about the same age 😊)
    Christine Finlay.



  4. Best wishes on your birthday Kate – as I near my 75th I follow your journey with interest awaiting soemone to give me a definitive diagnose. Best wishes for the biirthday and the journey ahead. Joy


  5. PS Is that you as a child? If so you were very cute and i love that picture! Was your birthday lunch at a resturant, at home, or in an event room(you know what i mean!)


  6. WOW, happy happy birthday Kate!!! You are awesome and i hope your day has been full of everything you want as you deserve the best-your incredible! Although i haven’t met you in person yet, i am very very very proud of you, your accomplishments, and your determination to make the world a better place and improve dementia care. So thrilled you had a wonderful birthday lunch with your neareast and dearest-i always love special birthdays and love the social aspect of them. Very special friends are so precious. As always, people are unable to come due to distance or other commitments, and yes it is difficult when some people are no longer with us especially when you most need them-i so wish some family members who are no longer with us were there today as they would have been a wonderful support to Grandad-they were taken far too soon and well before there time. I am so glad your parents bought you a present, and lovely to receive birthday cards from Global friends and your japansese daughter. Wishing you all the happiness in the world, Kate, and hope we can meet up in the next 12 months or so-best wishes and keep celebrating!🎉🎉💕💕🎈🎈🎀🎀😊😊👍👍


  7. Happy 60th birthday Kate! It’s the new 50. I’m now officially retired so it’s definitely time for a catch up. Still work 6 hours per fortnight which doesn’t affect my pension. I’m looking after my sister’s dog for another couple of weeks while she and her family are in Vietnam. After that I will be quite flexible. Let me know when you are available. Much love Tess & John xxxx Sent from my iPad



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