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5.0 out of 5 starsGood thing. Wow
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2017
I pre-ordered this book before publication, even though I didn't have a lot of hope for quality -- there are VERY few books about old age and aging 'out there'. In fact, I tried to cancel my order, but the book shipped before I could. Good thing. Wow, it is a GREAT book! It is so good I don't even know where to begin. What I will say is: I hope to devote at least an hour a week to the info in this book, and it will probably take me two years to exhaust it all. If you are 65+, you need to get this book. If you are 50+ and are in bad health, you need to get this book. In fact, I think I'm going to order this book for my friends (mostly 65+). And, no, I don't know the author at all, and, no, no one paid me to write a great review. And thank you, Ms. Loverde!
My husband and I don’t have kids. Finally, now that we are in our mid-forties, people have stopped asking when we will. But for a very long time, when we indicated that we didn’t have children, people—even strangers—would inquire, “But who will be there for you when you get older?” Frequently my response was, “We have long term care insurance,” with a smile. That usually shut down the conversation.
Of course, such discussions have always reminded me that our older adulthood will differ from peers who will have adult children, grandchildren and possibly even great-grandchildren. While having children does not guarantee anyone a caregiver someday, we know that we may have less social support than other older adults.
Because of this, when I first heard about Joy Loverde’s new book Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old?, I immediately said to my husband, “We need this book.” I’m thrilled to report that this book is much more than what I was expecting. While Loverde recognizes our situation, she also reminds the reader that thinking ahead about who will support you in old age is not just an issue for the childless. Even those with many adult children should be proactive in developing a robust social network for their later years.
Loverde covers practical ideas such as how to become better at socializing (even if you consider yourself shy) so you can enjoy more social support. She also offers provocative ideas like having a funeral before you die. Repeatedly while reading Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old, I found myself thinking, “I never thought of that before!”
Though I was initially personally interested in Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old, professionally I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who wants to have a more fulfilling aging experience.
Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, MSW, CSP, author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One
5.0 out of 5 starsA comprehensive "how to" for our aging population
Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2018
I am a 72 yr old male. So the "when" in the title could easily, for me, be "now that". This book is a highly comprehensative treatise for everyone approaching the time of their lives when they will need to consider modifying their lifestyle. It provides in depth research and links to organizations that can assist in this time of transition. After reading this book I imm,ediately began to take steps and make changes in preparation for the best years that are ahead. I Strongly recomend this book not only to the obvious primary target audience but those who will be effected (possible caregivers). Spoiler Alert! Two main themes I took away...Financial security will provide you with "options" and mimimize stress levels and secondly, something even more profound, make sure you have a deep network of friends, neighbors, and relatives. They will provide both physical help as well as emotional support. Aging well requires that we maintain an adequate level of happiness. Keeping "pleasure", retaining "pride", and "purpose" are the key elements. This book reveals the pathways to aging well.
Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2019
TO BE HONEST NO ONE WILL CARE FOR YOU BUT YOURSELF BECAUSE ATTORNEYS AREN'T IN YOUR BEST INTEREST AND CHARGE BIG BUCKS AND DON'T WANT TO FULFILL YOUR NEEDS BECAUSE FROM THOSE I WENT TO (10) AND THOSE I CALLED (23) WERE EASY FEES TO GET AND WANNABE DO NOTHING AS MOST OF THEM SAID "THAT'S ALOT OF WORK...THAT'S LIKE A FIDUCIARY...WE DON'T DO THAT MOST DON'T ANYMORE! HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY IF NOT ONE PERSON TO WATCH OVER YOU ANYMORE FRIEND OR FAMILY...YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN....AND HOPE YOU CAN GET CAREGIVER CARE WHERE YOU RESIDE AND ABLE TO PAY FOR IT BECAUSE THE LAWYERS WILL TAKE WHAT LITTLE YOU HAVE! BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE .... THE BOOK IS INSIDE YOURSELF!
5.0 out of 5 starsTake it in but in small doses......
Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2018
Very good. A bit overwhelming. You have to use it as a bible---reading sections over and over to be sure you have the information you need to recall when you decide to take action on your aging. Not an easy task. But this book does give you an excellent start--even if you don't want to do it...........
5.0 out of 5 starsA conversation, thought provoking circumstances, resources and answers
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2019
This book is not about dying. It's about living, while realistically preparing for aging and dying. It's not sad, or a boohoo book. It gives you answers to questions you may have never thought about. It's polite, takes you by the hand, lets you rest your head on its shoulder, and offers an insight to help us grow, be well and make our own decisions. It provides resources for us to explore and think about, like you and I never have before. It will help you help others, but mostly yourself. This is the book you have been looking for. It literally changed my life.