No Spring Chicken: Stories and Advice from a Wild Handicapper on Aging and Disability

No Spring Chicken: Stories and Advice from a Wild Handicapper on Aging and Disability

by Francine Falk-Allen
No Spring Chicken: Stories and Advice from a Wild Handicapper on Aging and Disability

No Spring Chicken: Stories and Advice from a Wild Handicapper on Aging and Disability

by Francine Falk-Allen


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2022 Foreword Indies Finalist in Travel

As we age, we all begin to have physical difficulties to contend with.

In No Spring Chicken, Francine Falk-Allen—a polio survivor who knows a thing or two about living with a disability—offers her own take on how to navigate the complications aging brings with equanimity (and a sense of humor). The handbook is divided into three sections: Part I is a jaunt through accessible travel pleasures and pitfalls in several parts of the world; Part II addresses the adaptation people who love a handicapped or aging person could make in order to have a lighter, more mutually rewarding relationship with him or her, as well as advice for physically challenged and aging persons themselves regarding self-care, exercise, pain management, healthcare, and more; and Part III discusses the challenges, rewards and logistics of engaging with groups of people who share similar issues.

Accessible and wryly funny, No Spring Chicken is a fun and informative guide to living your best and longest life—whatever your physical challenges, and whatever your age.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781647421205
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 06/29/2021
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 715,371
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Francine Falk-Allen was born in Los Angeles and has lived nearly all of her life in Northern California. A former art major with a BA in managerial accounting who ran her own business for thirty-three years, she has always craved creative outlets. This has taken the form of singing and recording with various groups, painting, and writing songs, poetry, and essays, some of which have been published. Falk-Allen facilitates Polio Survivors of Marin County and Just Write Marin County (a Meetup writing group), and is a volunteer member of the San Rafael City ADA Accessibility Committee. Her first book, Not a Poster Child: Living Well with a Disability: A Memoir has been included on several national outlet’ss’ lists of best books of 2018, including Kirkus Reviews, BuzzFeed, and PopSugar, and received a gold medal from Living Now Book Awards for Inspiring Memoir – Female and a silver medal from Sarton Women’s Book Awards for memoir. She was also named one of “25 Women Making a Difference in 2019” by Conversations Magazine. She loves the outdoors, gardening, pool exercise, her sweet, peculiar old cat, spending time with her husband and good friends, strong British tea, and a little champagne now and then. Francine lives in San Rafael, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Part I The Wild Handicapper Flies the Coop

Chapter 1 Travelin' Girl 1

Chapter 2 The Wild Handicapper at Large 13

Chapter 3 North, South, East, West-US and Mexico 36

Chapter 4 Getting Outdoors in the USA 49

Chapter 5 Capital City and The Big Easy-Plus Way up North, Eh? 62

Chapter 6 Dear to My Heart: United Kingdom and Ireland 73

Chapter 7 Farther Afield-India, Egypt, Israel 88

Chapter 8 Scary Stories! 99

Part II My Mom Has Changed (or I Have!)

Chapter 9 Taming the Wild Handicapper (Unruffling Feathers) 119

Chapter 10 Pain (Squawk!) 141

Chapter 11 Nesting, Pecking, and Perching with Your Wild Handicapper 156

Chapter 12 Managing Doctors 171

Chapter 13 How to Use Assistive Devices 180

Chapter 14 Staying Upright in the Nest, Sweet Nest 199

Chapter 15 How a Healthy Bird Behaves (Plus, Tendon Pain and Rehab) 208

Chapter 16 Care and Feeding of the Wild Handicapper 218

Chapter 17 Like a Duck Takes to Water: Healing through Pool Therapy 252

Chapter 18 Different-Sized Feet, and Bracing 269

Part III Participating in Community

Chapter 19 Groupie-Finding your Flock 277

Chapter 20 Activism and Advocacy 291

Epilogue: Always Leave Them Laughing 305

Resources for Readers 307

Bibliography and Suggested Reading 318

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