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Man Invites 89-Year-Old Neighbor To Live With Him So She Isn't Alone In Her Final Days
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Man Invites 89-Year-Old Neighbor To Live With Him So She Isn't Alone In Her Final Days

Doctors had determined Norma Cook couldn't live alone and she was going to be moved to a facility when her neighbor stepped in.

Cover image source: Instagram/chrissalvatore
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Elderly people are often consumed by loneliness, and that was the case for Norma Cook, an 84-year-old woman living in West Hollywood. When 26-year-old Chris Salvatore moved in next door, little did she think that they'd become best friends. Their meeting would lead to a 5-year friendship culminating with Salvatore inviting her to live with him as she lived out her final days. It all started after she saw him from her kitchen window. They exchanged greetings before he asked if he could come in and say hello. She welcomed him, starting a 5-year-long friendship, reported My Modern Met.

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Cook lived alone with her cat Hermes, who also took to Salvatore pretty fast. Salvatore and Cook often hung out, bonding over their champagne and gossip. Some of their treasured memories include pizza nights, eating out, and going to birthday parties. For Cook, Salvatore was “the grandson she never had.” At the age of 89, Cook fell ill. She was living alone and her life took a turn for the worse. Towards the end of 2016, she was hospitalized with pneumonia and suffered breathing complications. She was also diagnosed with leukemia. She didn't have any money and the social security check barely covered rent. She was faced with the prospect of losing her home and her cat.