Let me start by saying I loved and appreciated the book. It gave soooooo much practical information and so many good resources.
While some parts gave me sad recollections of caring for my mom, other parts validated many of the things I did for and with her. My mother must have been born with a sound sense of what to do because she really prepared well so that I did not encounter the kinds of problems Ms. Brent did, and since my brother is a missing person (I haven’t heard from him for 15 years), I didn’t have the burden of some with whom to quarrel.
Reading “Why Wait” has been especially good for me because it let me see the kinds of conversations I need to have with my children and they with each other. Jodean and I need to talk about what he wants to have happen if I predecease him and/or he becomes incapacitated. I found the questions the book proposed that we boomers ask ourselves and our family members to be thoughtful and comprehensive.
This is a VERY helpful book. Thank you for choosing it, Thell. I am genuinely sad I cannot be there to join in the conversation and meet Ms. Brent. Please tell her for me that I asked my husband to read the book and he’s has agreed. I’ll be asking our adult children to read it, too, and I”ll be sending them copies. I’m grateful for the nudge in the right direction. I’ve told several friends about the book, and they are going to get it. It’s a much-needed, well organized, easy to read book on a much-needed topic.
This book gives you a comprehensive handbook for family caregivers, outlining a step-by-step process that can spare caregivers and their families the stress of conflict at a time of grieving and loss, and provide an opportunity to mend fences and renew the connection and communication they once enjoyed with each other.
Carolyn A. Brent, provides a comprehensive handbook for family caregivers, highlighting the crucial conversations siblings and their aging parents must have. She draws upon her own heartbreaking family experiences, plus exhaustive research on the subject, outlining a step-by-step process that can spare caregivers and their families the stress of conflict at a time of grieving and loss, but also an opportunity to mend fences and renew the connection and communication they once enjoyed with each other.
She explains everything you need to know about these crucial conversations in full detail, along with other important information covering the financial, legal and emotional necessities of aging and end-of-life issues, in her upcoming book Why Wait? The Baby Boomers’ Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially and Legally for a Parent’s Death which is coming out Nov 15, 2011. Be sure to subscribe to this blog to receive regular helpful tips, and news of the upcoming book release.
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Carolyn A. Brent, M.B.A., is a former clinical educational manager in the pharmaceutical industry. During her role as a panelist on many clinical studies, she developed a passion to inform the public about the many side effects of drugs, especially those used in the care of the elderly. When her own father became ill with dementia in 1997, she began to experience firsthand the frustration of not only coping with the medical world, but also the legal, financial, and, of course, emotional aspects of caring for her aging father. Today, Carolyn is an avid activist and advocate working with the U.S. Congress for the purpose of creating change to protect seniors and veterans from financial and medical abuse. She has appeared on many local and national TV and radio shows, and is a sought-after keynote speaker. She resides in Northern California.