Tips for Aging at Home

Title: Tips for Aging at Home
Authors: Laura N. Gitlin, Sarah L. Szanton, Jill Roth, & Allyson Evelyn-Gustave
Publisher: Camino Books
ISBN: 978-1-68098-043-5

“The tips in this book can help you:
Do everyday activities safely.
Do everyday tasks in small parts to make each part easier and less tiring.
Decrease risk for falling,” Laura Gitlin, Sarah Szanton, Jill Roth, and Allyson Evelyn-Gustave write in their book, Tips for Aging at Home: Doing What Matters to You.

~ What ~
At sixty-four pages, this small paperback targets those who are getting older and want to remain safely in their homes as they age. After a table of contents and introduction, it contains twelve short chapters, ending with a list of where to get more information, a record of tips used, and advertisement.

As we age, we tend to forget we have physical limitations and restrictions. With inserted full-color photographs spread among the pages, the tips provided offer easier ways to dress, groom, prepare meals, bath, use the toilet, save energy, move around safely, prevent falls, improve moods, control urine and pain, and take medicine.

~ Why ~
Most of us will grow old and have to confront the issues of aging. This short read is a gentle reminder of how to protect our bodies, mind, and selves while we are still capable of living at home. It mentions tips about long-handled combs, extended toothbrushes, sitting to do grooming tasks, peg boards in kitchens, grab bars in bathtubs, wide thirty-six-inch doorways, and using the restroom every two hours. I like that it does not take too much time to review its safety tips.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not aging or do not deal with the elderly may not see the value of this book. Others may find most of the tips are common sense, but they may be ignored or forgotten when considering living alone. 

~ Wish ~
Included a glossary at the end of the book may help some who want to look up a topic quickly. I found some tips repeated in the chapters, and that most were everyday knowledge.

~ Want ~
This would make a good insert book for a pro-active elderly group to give seniors who live at home alone or have moved into a retirement or assisted living facility. It may also help those who have physical disabilities as it covers a wide range of ideas.

Thanks to Camino Books and the authors for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

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4 responses to “Tips for Aging at Home

  1. This book sounds great – since I work with elderly clients!

    • Thanks for your post, Kris. Isn’t it wondeful to work with those older than us (I volunteer & designed a game I play weekly). The book would make a nice gift for anyone that is living alone or just moving into a retirement home.

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