98-Year-Old Mom Moves Into Nursing Home to Care for 80-Year-Old Son

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If you’re a mom, you know that there is a special thread that runs from you to your kids that can’t be broken. This 98-year-old mom proves it.

Do you remember reading the book Love You Forever and melting into a pool of tears? If you haven’t read it to your kids, oh my gosh. Anyway, the story we’re sharing today about a mom and her love for her son really pulls at those same heartstrings. It’s so similar. Here’s the real story of how the incredibly popular book came to be. Order a copy before you forget!

The Special 98-Year-Old Mom and Her 80-Year-Old Son

Ada Keating is 98 years old and a mother of 4 including her 80-year-old son, Tom. She was a young mom when she became pregnant with Tom, but she went on to become a registered nurse. Tom made his career as a painter and decorator. He never married and lived with Ada for most of his life.

When it became clear to Tom that he was no longer able to properly care for himself, he went into an assisted living center to get some help. Ada would visit him routinely, but she missed being with him so much that she decided to go ahead and move into the same facility. That way, they could be together all the time, and she could do what she’d been doing for 80 years – taking care of her son.

Now they both live in the senior citizen facility and she continues to care for her son. She wakes him up in the mornings and is the last to say goodnight. They play games together, watch TV and do puzzles. If he can’t find her, like when she’s getting her hair done, they say he wanders the halls looking for her. When he sees her, she said, he opens his arms wide.

“She’s very good at looking after me,” Tom says. “Sometimes she’ll say “Behave yourself”.”

“It’s very touching to see the close relationship both Tom and Ada share and we are so pleased we were able to accommodate both of their needs,” Philip Daniels, manager of the facility. “It’s very rare to see mothers and their children together in the same care home and we certainly want to make their time together as special as possible. They are inseparable.”

“You never stop being a mom,” Ada said.

You know it, I know it, and our kids definitely don’t know it. They will when they have kids of their own.

It can’t be helped. A mother’s love is incredibly powerful, and nothing, not even age or illness or time, can change it.

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21 comments on “98-Year-Old Mom Moves Into Nursing Home to Care for 80-Year-Old Son”

  1. Beautiful story of a mother’s love. I have a Special needs son. I’m 70 and he is 44..  My wonder husband married us 25 years ago. He loves and helps with my son everyday.  I hoe we can stay healthy enough to love and care for our son for Avery long time. I have dreamed of a facility that will allow us to live together when our needs require more assistance. This story gives me hope and faith that such places exist.

  2. Need to change your headline. An Assisted Living facility is not the same as a Nursing Home. Two different levels of care.

  3. PegRose McDonald

    Lovely story and it touched this retired geriatric nurse.thank you and ignore the malcontents.

  4. Very unhealthy relationship for a son to live with his mother his whole life, forgo getting married, because why should he, he was in a sense married to his mother. He should have moved out and visited his mother occasionally, but I guess if she is doing your laundry, paying your bills, providing a house, making you meals, why ever move out. This is dysfunction.

    1. Did you even read it properly he was a painter decorator so I’m guessing he paid for his own things.
      And how do you know he may have been very unlucky and just never found the right person to live with
      Such harsh words

    2. I agree with you.  Very unnecessary and cruel to try to put a negative spin on a lovely story.  Every family is unique as is every person.  I’m sure they havevv V their own personal reasons for living their lives together.  Not really anyone else’s concern.

    3. If they are happy with their life and if doesn’t affect anyone else why or why would you make it a negative thing? Not everyone wants to get married. I have been married twice and I never want to be again. I am happy for them!!!

    4. Well if it worked for them and they were happy then it is nobody else’s business

  5. Made me think of my great aunt who came to be with her son, a POA in Japan in WWII, on his birthday at Claremore Veterans Center where he lived. He was in his 80’s and she over 100. She outlived all her children and one or two grandchildren at 110 when she passed. Beautiful story. 

  6. Wow! My mom would only do this for credit and recognition. I got a mom who prefers one of us over the other. She is Super Narcissistic. Her type of care, with no love attached, would only ounteract any medication and quality of life.
    I’m happy for you, Tom!! Thank you Adam for putting your son’s needs before your during this stage in life!!

  7. Reminds me my Dad and Grandma, they were at the same  care unit.   My Dad were pass away after 6 months, Grandma were still in there for another 2 months.   

  8. Delaine Morton

    This is so special ..Once a real mother ,always a real mother and once a care giver then always a caregiver …I love this and it is so so special ..God bless them both ..I love the fact that when the mother has to step away for a while that her child walks the halls until he finds his mother and then greets her with open arms ….So special …