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Posted February 12, 2004
This collection of more than twenty intimate perspectives on the effects of aging on familial relationships serves two key purposes: First, the book provides a road map to assist adult children in caring for their aging parents. Second, the novel represents a qualitative data collection strategy. Inspired by the editor¿s experience while her mother was in an ¿assisted living¿ facility, the author was desperate to discover how other daughters managed the helplessness that quite overwhelmed her as she began to care for her eighty-nine-year-old parent who was on seven different medicines and had recently sustained purple bruises from a fall. The details of each writer¿s experience often made me weep, occasionally made me laugh, and always had me nodding with recognition. I deal with a difficult 86 year old, narcissistic grand-mother who has had many recent illnesses and crises. This book is enjoyable and easy to read. I read through cover to cover in one evening. The examples describing each ¿difficult behavior¿ were fun to read and helped me relate to and better yet, it gave solutions. I recommend it highly to all persons who are dealing with stress resulting from interacting with a difficult, older parent. From the perspective of nursing research, the novel also serves as a resource for qualitative research: Technically speaking, the collection of nonfiction stories (or self-reports) is rich in original, thick descriptions of the events involving the daughters and their families. The book shows how qualitative researchers gather and focus data using observations, hands-on experiences, and documentary analysis. Note also the unique role of the researcher, the editor in this instance, as a participant-observer in the data collection process. The participant observer attempts immersion, to the extent permitted, in local life in order to understand and document how things work.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.