A mix of sage advice and sharp insights, retired Mayo Clinic Eldercare Specialist Edwards’s compelling guide on caring for aging parents is a must-read for all adult children who want to prepare themselves for the mentally and physically strenuous challenge head on. With great insight and empathy, Edwards guides the reader through the aging and probability of long-term parental care. He thoroughly addresses the subject, covering various topics such as dementia, depression, drinking, loss of independence, managing finances, healthcare decisions, home maintenance, errands, and family communication among others. He conveys the usually taboo and sobering topic of parents’ death with perception and heaps of sensitivity. The narrative is fluid, the prose lively, and Edwards’s frank approach is straightforward and compassionate at once, making for an intimate reading experience. Despite the sobering tone of the subject matter, the reader will come away feeling prepared for the challenge. The use of blocked quote boxes and charts complement the accessibility of the text, and a heap of real-life examples add to the authenticity. This invaluable, beautifully written guide is sure to become required reading for anyone with an elderly parent needing long-term care.
Categories: Non Fiction