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Posted April 23, 2000
Understanding our elders
I read this book wanting to have a better understanding of what my parents might be feeling as they enter old age. Their health is starting to decline, yet they want desperately to maintain their independence. It seems irrational. Why not enjoy prepared meals and cleaning services of assisted living when you can afford it? Pipher¿s book answered my questions. It isn¿t fun to reach what she calls old-old age when health declines and one needs assistance with some of the daily routines. Yet our culture makes it difficult to ask for help and even harder to accept it. Pipher shows how the baby-boomer generation and their depression-survivor parents differ, and the 'great divide' is psychology not technology as one might expect. She addresses the realities of care for our elders and encourages family communication and geographical closeness. In the last chapters, she seems unrealistically optimistic about families caring for each other and a bit preachy on that idea. But she does give much useful information on understanding our elders and some good advice on communicating with them.
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Posted January 25, 2000
Understanding Our Elders
I think this is a wonderfully written book. It addresses understanding our elders and coordinating life styles of different generations, including the young-old and old-old with that of their children and grandchildren. Mary Pipher, psychologist with extensive experience in counseling, writes case histories and gives analysis to help solve concerns and problems for all generations. I found this book most valuable in understanding the attitudes of our society, my own attitudes, those of my parents and elderly relatives, as well as those of younger individuals, in relation to growing older and living with our elders in harmony.
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Posted May 13, 2001
I can't believe this is the first review
I can't believe this is the first review of this wonderful book. It really does give a roadmap to adult children of aging parents about how to deal with the many difficult issues this life stage poses and what to expect. Those of us in our 40s and 50s (or, possibly, younger or older) who find our parents growing old and infirm before our eyes need the perspecive Pipher provides, citing many examples from her own practice, to get practical advice and to know that we are not alone.
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