Meals On Wheels of San Francisco


Meet Inga: Always a Shining Star

Posted September 12, 2013

MOWSF Blog | Senior Stories


You don’t meet a person like MOWSF client Inga every day. Right away you know the 77-year-old, born in Austria, Vienna, is special. Not only is she friendly and outgoing, but she’s funny and fashionable too. Her tiny but tidy studio apartment is playfully decorated, and she always is sure to wear a pretty accessory, like a scarf.

Inga studied printmaking in school and moved to the US with her ex-husband, who came to study microbiology. For many years she worked as an artist for a publishing company, and 12 years ago she moved to California to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law.

Sadly, Inga and her daughter are no longer in touch, and health problems have made it hard to do the things she loves. “I used to always be very active and now I have had hip problems, and walking is difficult,” says Inga, who had hip replacement surgery five years ago. Friends told her about MOWSF. “I have very little Social Security, so their meals help me a lot financially,” says Inga. “And even if a person has some money, maybe they are not able to go to the store or carry much like me.”

These days Inga loves working with her theatre group, which puts on collaboratively written productions, around town. “When I was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, I thought I couldn’t act anymore,” she says. “But the director helped recreate scenes so that I wouldn’t have to walk so much.” Fellow troupe members volunteer to pick her up and drop her off for rehearsals and shows.

Despite these challenges, Inga remains cheerful. “Yes, I have had an interesting life, but there is more to come,” she says.