BOOK REVIEW: THE PARENT CARE CONVERSATION:
This book covers a subject that is difficult for parents to discuss with their children and for children to discuss with their parents.
The author, Dan Taylor, states that aging parents do not know how to discuss their economic, medical, psychological, emotional and lifestyle requirements with their children and on the other hand, the children just do not know how to go about asking their parents about these important subjects.
Dan starts off by listing nine common excuses for doing nothing. As you read through these excuses, you will probably find some that are very familiar to you also.
Next Dan lists six "Parent Care Conversations". Here he gives us a guide to follow in asking the right questions in order to avoid confusion. Each of these topics has detailed explanations. He gives us a sample as to how to ask each question and also lists some of the typical responses.
At the conclusion, the author gives the reader many details on "Implementing Parent Care Decisions" which include executing legal documents and staying on the top of things.
This book is a must read for anyone with aging parents. So many of us are not prepared for what might happen one day with our parents. Dan Taylor has written a guide for us to follow that will prove to be invaluable. He wrote this book using many examples of people he knows and what has happened as they get older, including problems with his own father. There are many checklists that the reader can use as they go through this guide. The book is written in a format that is easy to understand. This book is an excellent resource for anyone with aging parents and one that you should not be without!
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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