“The over-riding goal of anyone wanting to help older adults transition into a new stage of life should be the preservation of, and respect for, who they are – not only their personal identities but their personal preferences as well,” Nancy Parker Brummett writes in her book, Take My Hand Again: A Faith-Based Guide for Helping Aging Parents.
At two hundred pages and twenty-four pages, this paperback targets those interested in helping the elderly transition into a safer and more secure environment. Using the New International Version of the Holy Bible, it is based on Christian faith and doctrine.
Author and speaker, Brummett ministers to the elder population, having been caregiver for her mother and mother-in-law throughout the years. Living in Colorado, she has written several books including non-fiction, devotional, and children’s genre.
After acknowledgments and an introduction, fourteen chapters cover the topic of assisting an aged loved one to end of life. The completion of the book has notes, recommended resources, and the author’s biography.
Topics range from knowing what to do as roles of parent/child are reversed, deciding on where parents should live, if they should still drive, finding old and new friendships to living with mental and physical changes and staying young at heart. Also mentioned are taking care of the caregiver, dealing with distance, leaving a legacy, and letting go with contentment and no guilt.
The author mentions her personal experiences of caregiving as well as others’ stories, advice, and memories dealing with a growing issue that more baby boomers are facing.
Suggestions are given such as having a will, delegating a power of attorney, establishing an advance health care directive, adding authorization on bank and investment accounts, and considering long-term car insurance. Although there are no actual cost ranges, the levels of care are explained regarding aging at home, independent and assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities, and memory care.
The author promotes staying young through continuing work, volunteering, learning, technology, art, music, playing games, pet therapy, and romance. Also examined is finding peace with God regarding the past and relationships.
As adult children aid parents or loved ones into their final season of life, sometimes it can be hard to make decisions if not prepared. Having recently spent almost two years as a caregiver of her recently deceased mother-in-law, this reader found the book a generalization that may be helpful for someone starting the process. By asking, researching, and exploring all avenues, we can trust God’s will and guidance when one transitions into eternity.
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars as this reader found no new information
Thanks to Kregel Publications for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.
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