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A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents--and Ourselves

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2011

    A must-read for every adult aged 40 or older

    This book is an excellent mix of personal stories (that are educational, inspiring and sometimes humorous) and technical facts about the issues that we face as aging adults with or without aging parents. Some of the specific information will only be helpful to those who are caring for or about to care for aging parents. But the author's insight into human nature, our family relationships and how they shape our dealings with aging are extremely useful. For those who dare to think about their future and the future of those they love, this is a very important book. Don't understand the role of a nursing home? Take a read. Wonder what to expect of assisted living? There is something here. Care to consider how you will be able to assist your loved ones with safe transitions as their need for care increases? Ever think you might be overwhelmed yourself? I really can't recommend this book highly enough. I wish I was a better writer so that I could convey my belief in the importance of this book for all of us.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    My sister and I are in the thros of care for our parents. We ar

    My sister and I are in the thros of care for our parents. We are providing the assisted living required of two frail elders in their mid 90's who refuse to move from their home. This book reminds us to do our homework to find what is available and to find the small joys that are sandwiched between doctor appointments, calls to home care agencies and meal preparation. Care and comfort, quality over quantity are becoming the mantra. Reference links and organizations at the end of the book are invaluable , the local VNA has been there for our family for the last two years.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2011

    recommended for anyone experiencing end-of-life time of a loved one

    Required to read for my college course, I find this novel to be very consistent with my own experiences with my loved one. Trying to be a supporting factor for a parent is hectic and this book gives an in-depth look into Jane's trials and triumphs during her mom's illness. I embraced this novel, I'm sure you will appreciate it too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2011

    Insperational

    A very inspirational book. My wife found a reference to this book in our local newspaper. Our family is going through very similar issues. I highly recommend this book. It's nice to know that we are not alone, we not the first family ever to experience the dilemma of caring for an aged family member.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Highly recommend for blunt reality

    If you are in the position of having to care for an aging parent, this is a must read. No one is prepared and no one knows how to do this task. The continual dilemma is overpowering and as the author describes her own experience, you are not comforted that your situation will be different. the resources presented are good if not depressing. Unlike the author, I always have had a close caring relationship with my parent. No matter, everything still applies. The frustration, uncertainty of all levels is demonstrated by the author. The reality is deafening!

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    To merely rate this book 5 star is not to do it justice. Its cov

    To merely rate this book 5 star is not to do it justice. Its coverage of the gray areas between conventional old age and the downward spiral of old old age is brilliant. We have made this book manadatory reading for officers of our Continuing Care Retirement Community.

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