Chris often posts photos and videos of him and Norma on social media with the hashtag #myneighbornorma.
Norma has lived in the apartment complex for 30 years. She doesn’t have any children, and any close family she has is not nearby.
“The nurses and doctors told her that it would be a miracle if she lived past the holidays, so the fact that she’s still thriving is just a really great thing,” Chris explains. “She’s doing great. If you could see her right now, she looks so cute on the couch with her feet propped up. She just hangs out on my couch and watches TV.”
Chris says that if she hadn’t moved in with him, her only other option would have been moving into a facility. “I just couldn’t do that to someone who is like my own grandmother.”
Studies show that human interaction is proven to prolong the life of the elderly. It seems as though this unlikely friendship is a true testament to that.
“Moving her in…it feels as though it was meant to be all along,” Chris said. “It’s really fulfilling to be there for her.”
And Norma couldn’t be happier to have found a friend in the actor across the hall. “He’s a really wonderful guy,” she said.