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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lori L. Popejoy, PhD, APRN, BC (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Description: This is a book of vignettes about a father who must move in with his daughter. Using the Buddhist art painting of Water-Moon Kuan Yin, the author paints a picture with words about the common occurrence of taking care of an aging parent.
Purpose: The book invites caregivers to reflect on both the challenges and joys associated with the caregiving experience. This is a lovely representation of the experience, and more than meets the stated objectives.
Audience: Written for the general public, this book would be useful in a class about aging. It strikes at the heart and soul of caregiving.
Features: It covers the common events associated with the day-to-day life of a caregiver, moving a parent to another state, finding physicians and medical care, and personal care. The use of the metaphor of Water-Moon is beautifully done.
Assessment: This well-written book can be used by people to reflect on their own situations, and by teachers to help students think about the challenges of caregiving.