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Nonfiction / Self-Help / For those dealing with the aging
Notes: Reviewer Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the author of
This is the Place and Harkening.
Rage or Take My Father…Please!
How to Survive Caring for Aging Parents
is the perfect person to help those who must care for aging parents.
She has been there, done that. That isn't the only reason she is
an ideal guide through what is often a limbo of survival by hook
or crook. The best reason is that she has a sense of humor.
Marcell teaches by
example. With a light (and sometimes wry) heart, she tells of her
own successful and not-so-successful experiences with an aging father
and with a system that can be far more exasperating than dealing
with her core problem. The light heart did not come easily. Because
of the hard-earned know-how Marcell shares in "Elder Rage,"
the process will be much easier for you.
This book has been
endorsed by many including the likes of Steve Allen, Janet Leigh
and Robert Stack. It has a succinct and well-written addendum on
treating dementia by Rodman Shankle, MS, MD. He is the former medical
direct of the University of California at Irvine's Alzheimer's Center.
lapses into lingo that may be too hip for some; because of that,
it might not be understood by some of those in-between generations
who aren't suffering from Alzheimer's (yet!), but mostly the humor
comes through loud and clear and does exactly what it should do.
I especially liked the third chapter, because it reminded me of
when I helped close a home for an aunt and uncle who had recently
died. Even a reader who hasn't walked with a loved one who is suffering
from deteriorating mental capabilities can relate to this chapter
and there are many like that. That's probably because pain and love
are inextricably intertwined; following Marcell's story is like
reading any good memoir. Because it's told from the heart, we identify
and learn and then learn some more.