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"Daniel Jay Baum's story is about his mother's life in a residence which he calls Glengrove, vaguely defined as an assisted living facility (ALF), a term which now accounts for about 200,000 places in the United States. This book is a good read. The justifiable bitterness that occasionally breaks through is balanced by a fair measure of (dry Jewish) humor. The text is full of well-chosen references to media report, the gerontology literature, and statistics on the ALF's and nursing home industry and the not always successful regulatory laws. It is, therefore, appropriate not only for any adult son or daughter in Baum's predicament but also for teaching gerontology and for field workers in the old-age care industry."—Ageing and Society
"Assisted Living for Our Parents is an informed, impassioned book that maintains the difficult balance between objective investigation and subjective revelation. Daniel Jay Baum shows us the facts of an aging parent's decline and the nature of care provided in an assisted living facility, the political and cultural pressures, the legal and economic realities. He also shows us the agony of grief and loss, the difficult path that must be traveled by those who love and care. It is rare for readers to find a book that provides this much information as well as this much personal candor."—Floyd Skloot, author of In the Shadow of Memory and A World of Light
"This excellent and accurate personal documentation by a long-distance caregiver as he 'travels' with his mother from her fierce independence to dependence is a very helpful guide to assist us as we care for our loved ones in their advanced years—and plan ahead for ourselves."—Hon. Dorcas R. Hardy, Former Commissioner of Social Security and 2005 White House Conference on Aging Chair
"So few books today are a must-read for every professional working with older adults who can no longer live alone. But this is one of them! Daniel Jay Baum's incredible and spellbinding portrayal of his mother's last few years of life informs geriatric care managers, geriatricians, elder-law attorneys, policymakers, and others about the realities of long-term care and challenges us to turn anger and passion into action."—Karen S. Kauffman, PhD, CRNP, BC, University of Maryland School of Nursing and President, Life Passages Care Consultants, Inc.
"Daniel Jay Baum tells a compelling story about a loving and respectful son trying to do the right thing in caring for and about his mother in a world that is complicated, convoluted, and, at best, paternalistic toward older people. This book focuses on that gray area called 'quality of life,' which he continually strove for as his mother and the settings in which she lived changed."—Fredda Vladeck, Project Director, Aging in Place Initiative, United Hospital Fund