The author, Cynthia Neher Martindale, is a veteran of all things senior-related. In Graceful Last Chapters: Helping Seniors Who Need More Care, she shares her twenty years of experience with senior care in a voice filled with compassion, understanding, and an insider's point of view. As the primary caregiver for her parents in their declining years, as a sales and marketing director for senior living communities, and as a lawyer, Ms. Martindale brings readers a valuable resource about caring for aging loved ones. The book is filled with support and guidance for caregivers, clearly defined options for care, and the ways and means for readers to craft their own successful journey through caregiving challenges and heartbreak. Ms. Martindale offers readers fundamental knowledge, hope, a sense of identity and, ultimately, a path toward peace of mind.
Graceful Last Chapters: Helping Seniors Who Need More Care is a non-fiction book filled with real life examples. The author shares true stories from her own personal history and adds altered versions (for privacy concerns) of potential residents, residents, and their family members met during her years at senior communities. Within the pages of Graceful Last Chapters, find out how to:
* Build a knowledge base of proceed on your journey helping someone you love.
* Dig deeper, ask more questions, and judge the information's value to your situation.
* Gather resources, options, and approaches to issues relevant now and in the future.
* Become a better guide, partner, and friend to someone who depends on you.
* Learn to accept that you and your loved one are not alone . . . and life can be better.
The book's twenty-seven chapters are grouped into seven sections: (One) Considering Long-Term Care Options; (Two) Caregiving Challenges; (Three) Creating a Plan; (Four) Aging in Place With Additional Care; (Five) Senior Living Communities; (Six) Touring Senior Communities; and (Seven) After the Bloom Fades.
The chapters build gradually to mimic the progression of the journey caregivers take with their senior loved one, whether that individual is their mother, father, aunt, uncle, sibling, spouse, friend, or neighbor. As the author states, "The stories are all different, but the guideposts along the way are always similar." There are certain elements that ultimately must be in place for the journey and transition to be successfully completed.
For example, Chapter Seven, "It's Time to Talk," urges that despite the anticipated awkwardness of the conversation, talking is the only way to make a plan between seniors and their caregivers. There are chapters about obtaining a clear picture of the senior's financial status, the legal preparation that should be completed, and how to gather an accurate medical history. Ms. Martindale discusses how to support the desire to age-at-home, as well as the decision to explore senior-living communities. She provides "best practices" and suggestion to navigate either decision.
The audience for this book is enormous, and potential readers will relate to the questions posed by the author on the back cover of Graceful Last Chapters: Helping Seniors Who Need More Care. She asks:
* Is there an aging senior in your life struggling with everyday activities?
* Do you see changes in their behavior? Are there safety issues that concern you?
* Are you wondering how to begin helping them or dreading where conversations may lead you?
Then Graceful Last Chapters: Helping Seniors Who Need More Care is the book you need to read today.
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About the Author
Cynthia lives in Flossmoor, Illinois, with her husband, son, and two cats. She enjoys her family, a close circle of friends, reading, and "dirt therapy" in her garden
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Who is this person? 2
Chapter 2 The Surprise 6
Chapter 3 Step by Step 6
Chapter 4 Who Are We? 22
Chapter 5 The Impact of Caregiving 32
Chapter 6 Helping Ourselves 37
Chapter 7 It's Time to Talk 46
Chapter 8 Financial Status 54
Chapter 9 Legal Preparation 65
Chapter 10 Medical History 76
Chapter 11 Vie Parameters of Home 79
Chapter 12 Going Forward 89
Chapter 13 The Decision to Age at Home 94
Chapter 14 At-home Care 97
Chapter 15 Technology 105
Chapter 16 Continuum of Care 110
Chapter 17 The Decision to Explore Community Living 117
Chapter 18 Independent Living 121
Chapter 19 Assisted Living 128
Chapter 20 Resident Care Homes 134
Chapter 21 Memory Care 139
Chapter 22 Continuing Care Retirement Communities 145
Chapter 23 The First Visit 154
Chapter 24 Narrowing Options 162
Chapter 25 Closing the Deal 167
Chapter 26 Move-In Day 171
Chapter 27 The Final Chapter 178
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite Graceful Last Chapters: Helping Seniors Who Need More Care by Cynthia Neher Martindale enables one in giving better care. It better prepares you to search options for seniors who need more care, and helps to choose customized help services depending on the character traits of the senior. Cynthia also speaks of caring for the caregiver: how to find the balance, the ways to look for an accurate financial picture, and complete legal paperwork. The importance of telemedicine in helping the old and infirm, how to handle movement and transfers of such people between homes or clinics, assisted living and independent living are some of the other topics discussed. Graceful Last Chapters by Cynthia Neher Martindale is a complete guide to elderly care, more so from the caregiver’s angle. All matters of interest to those tending to such needs are discussed in rather good detail, with suggestions for further reading and relevant web links. I think this is a good read for people belonging to any of the four strata: those who have been caregivers; those who are currently caregivers; those who will be caregivers; or those who will need caregivers. Appropriately, its pages are filled with support and guidance for caregivers, clearly defined options for care, and the ways and means for readers to craft their own successful journey through caregiving challenges and heartbreak. However, one thing I noticed is that this book is more or less abstract in its approach to the issue and the reader may have to formulate an action plan suitable to one's specific requirements.
Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite I loved the personal examples in Graceful Last Chapters: Helping Seniors Who Need More Care by Cynthia Neher Martindale and the fact that the book talks about the author's credentials. In any non fiction book, the reader wants to know the expertise of the author so they can judge whether or not to trust the information that is being put forward. The credentials were up front and honest and really gave the reader the sense that this author could be trusted. When it comes to the elderly, the author knows her stuff. She has the experience, both personally and professionally, to back up what she is talking about and is a source that can be trusted. Not only does she have the credentials, the book backs up those credentials with personalized stories that relate well to the topics at hand. I think this is another important aspect of Graceful Last Chapters by Cynthia Neher Martindale. I love reading a non fiction book that incorporates real examples of the author that relate directly to the topic at hand. Hearing real life stories about families that make poor planning decisions helps me as a reader to make better decisions, and also helps me to understand that I am not the only one dealing with these types of issues when it comes to elderly parents. There are many people dealing with the same issues, but luckily there is a resource for us to use to make sure we are making the best possible choices for our loved ones.
Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite In a wonderful guide for families who are facing the realities of aging parents, grandparents or other family members, author Cynthia Neher Martindale's book, Graceful Last Chapters: Helping Seniors Who Need More Care, everything a person needs to consider regarding elder living choices is carefully evaluated and outlined. This includes chapters that guide the reader through evaluating their own feelings about the care needs of their loved ones, and evaluating what their loved one wants and needs, all the way to assisting with choosing between care settings and caregivers, moving in, and finally, dealing with end of life issues. In a time that can be emotional and overwhelming for all members of the family or caregiving circle, this book serves as a useful tool to help process and navigate this often difficult and heart-wrenching time period that becomes necessary in many people's lives. Using real life examples from the author's personal and professional experiences, this book gives families the ability to see the challenges and joys possible during this time. Graceful Last Chapters: Helping Seniors Who Need More Care is a sensitively and empathetically written book that will serve to assist many people in an emotionally charged time. Providing an absolute wealth of information in the field of geriatrics and housing and care options, this book does an excellent job of guiding loving family members, step-by-step, through the process of finding the right scenario and setting for their loved one, and feeling at peace with the decisions they make. I highly recommend this book to any reader who is looking for information on selecting the appropriate options for their elderly loved one, and I certainly hope that author Cynthia Neher Martindale is continuing to use her experiences in this area to write another very useful and helpful book in this vein.
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Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna for Readers' Favorite Graceful Last Chapters: Helping Seniors Who Need More Care by Cynthia Neher Martindale is a comprehensive manual on everything one needs to know about the travails and intricacies of elderly care. Told in a frank, no-nonsense style, the book covers every detail caregivers, family members and even the elderly themselves would wish to know about the various care options available today. Cynthia Neher Martindale writes in a crisp, authoritative voice, one that comes from years of experience in handling a multitude of queries regarding the numerous aspects of elderly care. She manages to capture various perspectives and to break down the psychological and emotional barriers that prevent family members and caregivers from giving the elderly the assistance they need. The early chapters are very welcoming for readers new to the world of elderly care, and her message of "trust me, I've been there, I know what you're going through" is an easy one for readers to receive. For a book that is all about helping seniors get the care they need, Martindale never fails to highlight the emotional and physical toll the job takes on the caregiver themselves, and manages to come up with several ways to make this difficult task more bearable. It is this comprehensive and insightful knowledge that makes this book "the book" on elderly care, and a must-have in every home, hospice, and senior facility. The elderly and their caregivers will find Graceful Last Chapters: Helping Seniors Who Need More Care a fascinating read that will greatly enrich their knowledge about this extremely important matter.