Why Wait?

About the Book


Why Wait? The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially and Legally for a Parent’s Death is a handbook that can spare caregivers and their families the stress of conflict at a time of grieving and loss. It provides an opportunity for them to mend fences and renew the connection and communication they once enjoyed with each other.

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Book Details

Release date: November 15, 2011
Publisher: Grandpa’s Dream
Category: Family Relationships, Parents and Families, Death & Grief, Aging Parents, Dementia
ISBN: 978-0-615-47501-1
Retail price: $14.95


About the Author

DSC_CAROLYN BRENT4418America’s Caregiver Empowerment Strategist,™ Carolyn A. Brent, MBA is author, speaker, advocate and former clinical education manager, committed to enhancing the lives of family caregivers and their aging parents throughout the world siblings and parents having what she calls “crucial conversations” in preparation for the end-of-life issues they may face.
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Author and speaker Carolyn Brent routinely makes appearances at bookstores for book signings, speaks at events, writes columns, editorials and blog posts, and attends book club meetings physically or virtually. If you are interested in inviting, hiring or contacting Carolyn, please use the contact page.


Topics Addressed in the Book

  • What to Do When Your Parent Can No Longer Live Alone
  • Moving Your Parent into an Assisted-living Facility or Nursing Home
  • Emergencies, Life-or-Death Decisions, and Hospice Care
  • Crucial Emotional Conversations
  • Crucial Financial Conversations
  • Crucial Legal Conversations
  • Taking Care of Yourself When You Are a Caregiver
  • Programs and Services to Help Caregivers
  • Resources for Caregiving and Caregivers


Five Reasons Why You Should Own Why Wait?

  1. Why Wait? is a desk reference for caregivers according to the AARP.
  2. It provides detailed guidance on dignified end-of-life care for aging parents, as well as tips on balancing sibling relationships.
  3. It outlines a step-by-step process that can spare caregivers and their families the stress of conflict.
  4. It includes an account of not only author Carolyn Brent’s own personal struggles on the issue but also includes stories of other family caregivers faced with difficult sibling issues.
  5. It provides information to caregivers on keeping their own mental, emotional, and physical state in check.

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Book Reviews

Why Wait? is a timely, thought provoking page-turner that should be considered a desk reference for caregivers and those who would be caregivers of all ages. Thank you, Carolyn Brent!”Click link below to read testimonial in it’s entirety.
Rawle Andrews, Jr., Esq., Regional Vice President, AARP

“Carolyn Brent’s book is a personal, compelling account of not only her own story but also the stories of other family caregivers faced with difficult sibling issues. It is thorough, accurate, and highly credible. Brent has taken her own painful experience, summarized what might have been done differently as a lesson for others, and put it all together with compassion and understanding. Her straightforward advice can serve as an excellent help to anyone in the situation of working with siblings on parent care. She teaches us all through her own, well written story. I highly recommend it!”
—Carolyn L. Rosenblatt, R.N., attorney, author of The Boomer’s Guide to Aging Parents

“As a pastor, former pastor to pastors, and a counselor, I endorse Carolyn Brent’s book as an excellent resource. Also I recommend it for inclusion in all church libraries, in the homes of people who are caregivers for loved ones, and in the offices of pastors and others who work with people who care for aging parents and others. This book will change the lives of family caregivers and it will provide essential information for those who make the lives of loved ones as comfortable as possible. Carolyn shares her soul, her heart, and herself with the world in a way that will bring about crucial, positive change in the lives of those who take care of family and friends.”
—Rev. Dr. Mary Newbern-Williams, Pastor, Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church (St. Louis, Missouri)

“It takes real courage to reveal your darkest hour and your deepest vulnerability to benefit others. Carolyn Brent is truly inspirational. Her book offers us the universal wisdom of her life lessons. Why Wait? has set a new, elevated standard for turning adversity in life to love and redemption.”
—Mikol Davis, Ph.D., geriatric psychologist, CEO of AgingParents.com

I feel I have gained so much from this book, and even more importantly, I feel I have gained a daughter in Carolyn… perhaps to help me get over losing two of my own.” – Full review at link below.
Dorotha  Village of Alhambra The Village, Fl

“As a pastor, physician, veteran, and one who was a caregiver and suffered loss, I know Carolyn Brent has stripped the cover off of one of life’s most painful processes. Why Wait? challenges us to take an honest look at our deepest fears and rejoice in our hope of true reconciliation.” – Full review at link below.
Charles Woodridge, M.D.

“Carolyn Brent has so eloquently created a life changing gift for our society with her groundbreaking book, Why Wait? Until now, we have had to walk through the challenging maze of caring for our aging parents alone and now, with Carolyn’s dynamic insight and invaluable support, we can prepare mentally, emotionally, and strategically to make these years the absolute best they can be. I highly recommend this book.”
—Allison Maslan, President, Allison Maslan International, author of Blast Off!

“Carolyn Brent’s personal story is a cautionary tale of not attending to the importance of good family communication and having all negotiations and contracts legally vetted.”
—Marcella Gauthier, Escape magazine 

“This book could not have been available at a better time! Its a step by step guide that really touches on areas that families don’t really want to talk or think about. Its really a great book for not only us caregivers and siblings, but also for our parents. A must have in every home! Very Helpful and informative!! Thank you for putting this amazing book together and for all of the great things that you are doing to help and empower seniors and their children as they go through their final golden years!” – Full review at link below.
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