Living Shorter

Dying Longer

This is a story of our mother’s long journey through the difficulties of caring for her elderly relatives. It is based on her memory of events and conversations with names and identifying details changed to protect personal privacy. Our mother wrote her story with the hope that it would help those who will be caring for an elderly relative. This book will allow future caregivers to better anticipate what they may likely encounter in the many facets of providing elder care.

Our mother left us the manuscript of this book with the request that we publish it. We have made minor edits for publishing purposes only.

George and Sandy

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Frances Allaman was born October 27, 1925 in Shreveport, Louisiana. After graduating from high school in 1943, she attended the University of Texas in Dallas. While in college, Frances volunteered as an American Red Cross nurse’s aide until the end of World War II in 1945. It was during her Red Cross volunteer work that she met her husband who was an officer in the U.S. Air Force. They were married March 23, 1946. Frances had three children to whom she was a devoted mother.

After her three children were grown, Frances opened her nutritional food business which she ran successfully for over thirty years. After closing her business, Frances became the primary caregiver to her elderly mother, aunt and uncle. It was over the ten-year period of her loving care to her aging family that Frances experienced the events described in this book.

Frances died of pancreatic cancer January 8, 2012.

Cassandra "Sandy" Langston, nee Cassandra Green, published the manuscript for her mother posthumously with the help of her brother George, below.

Sandy and George through the years.

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