Welcome to the Departure Lounge: Adventures in Mothering Mother

Welcome to the Departure Lounge: Adventures in Mothering Mother

by Meg Federico
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Welcome to the Departure Lounge: Adventures in Mothering Mother 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was supposed to be a memoir, but read like a novel for me. Parts of it were unbelievable. And I mean parts like hiring as many as 11 different people to wander in and out of these old folks lives WEEKLY (one with Alzheimer's and one who went in and out of reality) - with no one in charge. The daughter (who hired these people) then returned to her own family in Canada and came back sort of monthly. It was funny at times; it was sad at times. We discussed it at book club. I found it interesting that members that were going through similar situations - or had gone through similar situations - didn't like the book. The few members who have not yet- of necessity - become involved in their aging parents lives, enjoyed the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book but it should be fiction. No one I know could afford to have a staff of 14, much less spending all the other money mentioned in the book, i.e eating at such classy restaurants and buying such expensive clothes. It seems unbelievable to me due to the fact that it apparently was written by and about a very rich family. It would have been more helpful and enlightening if it were written about an average family in America, I think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was a hoot as well as heartbreaking. Although I don't have aging parents, and don't know anyone with that much money at their disposal, I could still relate to the conflicts, anguish and frustration of the author. It's written that well.
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bklvrMG More than 1 year ago
I found myself laughing at the absurdity of the situation and wry humour at the same time I cried with sorrow about the departure lounge; relieved that, as someone caring for a parent with dementia while trying to juggle a normal family life, someone else has walked the walk and can talk the talk. Didn't want to put it down!
MinnesotaReader More than 1 year ago
In Meg Federico's exceptionally well-written memoir, she shares her bittersweet story of caring for her dementia-impaired mother, Addie, during her final months. But keeping Addie in her own home means coping with the antics of her Alzheimers-ridden husband, Walter. An extensive health care team is assembled to take care of all the couple's needs. When complete and total chaos erupts, Ms. Federico chooses to remain with her mother, sacrificing signifcant periods of time with her family. She strives to make her mother as comfortable as possible during her deterioration. I absolutely loved this wonderful, touching book. As I read, I was extremely impressed by Ms. Federico's poignant candor and warm humor. She was able to eloquently express the indignity suffered by both Addie and Walter. Repeatedly, I was touched by her deep feelings of compassion for her mother. This book teaches many important lessons. I learned that in order to survive anything, a sense of humor is essential, even in the most dire circumstances. Unfathomable patience and understanding are also expressed for us to learn from. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that everyone with aging parents read this captivating, heartwarming memoir.
TDunham More than 1 year ago
This book was easy to read and gave me a laugh or a tear on every page. I loved her writing and hope she writes more soon. A story many can relate to with aging parents. I gave this book to 2 people going through a similar situation and they enjoyed it too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this book to my Mom for Mother's Day. She got such a kick out of it. Everytime I came over she was raving about another part of the book she had read. Perfect for anyone who has had to take care of another person they love. I highly reccommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the book rather depressing; but then my Mother had dementia for several years. However, the ladies in our bookclub who had not been touched by this disease seemed to get an enlightened education from the book.
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lph More than 1 year ago
This story actually made me sad. Sad that this daughter felt compelled to tell a story that, while I am sure truthful and accurate, depicted her mother in such a negative way. The lengths that seniors will go to in order to remain independent is extraordinary and compelling. I do commend the author on her care for her mother and her time spent taking care of her during her period of decline. I would also add that many people were raised by parents of this generation and by women who were wives first and mother's second. It wasn't perfect...but it was what they knew and what was expected of them. I'm glad our generation has broken this mold. I'm not sure I would recommend the book though.
SummerSB More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful, touching book describing the emmotions of both the writer and the characters. Although the reality of this illness is devastating, the writer showed her compassion, intelligence, and her unique sense of humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One rarely thinks how growing old will affect/effect others. Many will never understand how their aging touches others. I am not sure how one should feel as I watch the aging of those I know or love. This book may give someone a bit of insight they never conceived would/could happen to their lives due to an aging loved one.
ClaudiacCC More than 1 year ago
This was a touching, hilarious, and by turns sad book that was impossible to put down. Federico brings a fresh eye to the very timely subject of caring for one's parents.