Mom, Dad...Can We Talk? Insight and Perspective to Help Us Do What’s Best for Our Aging Parents is a read-me-first for adult children dealing with the issues and concerns of aging parents. It is conversational, sometimes humorous and poignant, always encouraging and helpful. It is written for adult children to help them stop and think, to anticipate, communicate, navigate, and, yes, to celebrate the challenges of this phase of family life and the parent-child relationship.
The book is rich with nearly 100 personal stories and quotes from adult children that help personalize and humanize support for elderly parents and the final stage of the parent-child relationship, to help ensure the best possible outcome - that of no regrets.
It also includes practical advice for initiating caring conversations such as, "Mom, we're worried about you living alone," and "Mom, Dad, we need you tell us what you want us to do" are combined with helpful hints such as how to manage the Big D's of aging parents: dementia, drinking, depression and driving
"...this is a book of hope to guide you through difficult family times."
"Having gone through the agony of dealing with aging parents who were no longer able to make sound judgments, I can tell you that this book is right on in its suggestions to sit down and talk to your parents! We waited too long, and had to simply hire a truck and move them. Talk about an emotional experience. This book lays out some good strategies and offers some excellent examples of how other families have dealt with the challenges of aging parents."
S. Busalacchi. M.D
"...an excellent resource for anyone working through the issues of aging parents. It touches on topics many of us are reluctant to bring up within our families, and each chapter offers practical tips to help adult children. This is a wonderful, thought provoking book for all families."
MARK & JANET S.
"Dick, I just finished your book. Quite honestly, I have never read anything that provided practical information about a subject matter as well as this. Reading it will forever change the way I view my mom as well as my reaction to my 6 brothers and sisters' reaction to my mom, and I have you to thank. The book hit home for me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing it."
"This is timely for my wife and me, considering my father-in-law is in poor health and deteriorating rapidly. I think it is something my wife has been reluctant to address, and I am pleased to see that I can reference a book to help broach the subject and ease the transition. Thanks for your thoughtfulness and expertise!"
"Informed, personal, and succinct. This brief, coherent discussion of issues confronted by every aging person (aren't we all?), especially adults with elderly parents and elderly parents with adult children, should be required reading for all. Dick has been there professionally, and shares delightful, intimate stories that will greatly help us engage in constructive discussions with our loved ones about aging issues. Get it now - and buy copies for siblings, friends, et al."
"... extremely well thought out and written, and it has a comfortable tone. It comes across as being very REAL, very reader-friendly and the anecdotal style makes it so very readable."
"...a pleasurable journey filled with incredible insight. It challenges us to think ahead, to be prepared, and in return assures that in the end we’ll have no we’ll have no regrets."