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Cannon Robert W. CarlsonThe Rev. Cannon Robert W. Carlson, DMin, Vice President, Episcopal Senior Ministries, Washington, DC; Immediate Past Chair, National Interfaith Coalition on Aging (NICA)
A VALUABLE RESOURCE FOR CAREGIVERS to disabled elders, both in offering useful approaches and in seeing humor as a healthy penultimate antidote to despair. The first four chapters focus on humor and its relationship to spirituality, while the remainder of the book addresses the pastoral care needs of aged persons struggling to escape the pitfall of despair. The encouraging aspect of these essays lies in their suggestions of how helping persons can respond to these needs, even when the needs are colored by such seemingly impossible barriers as dementia and the inability to talk.