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Holding the Net : Caring for My Mother on the Tightrope of Aging
by Melanie P. Merriman


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In this poignant and timely memoir, Melanie Merriman shares her struggle to care for her fiercely independent aging mother. When her father dies, Melanie commits herself to making the rest of her mother's life the best it can be. She brings knowledge to the situation--as a hospice consultant, she has studied aging, illness, and the intricacies of the healthcare system--and she has a sister who is willing to help.  Read more...


 
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Overview

In this poignant and timely memoir, Melanie Merriman shares her struggle to care for her fiercely independent aging mother. When her father dies, Melanie commits herself to making the rest of her mother's life the best it can be. She brings knowledge to the situation--as a hospice consultant, she has studied aging, illness, and the intricacies of the healthcare system--and she has a sister who is willing to help. But even with these advantages, Melanie finds the real-life experience of caring for her mother humbling. Every decision becomes a tug of war, with Mom on one side, fighting for her independence, and the two sisters on the other, trying to keep her safe. A win for either side suddenly feels like a loss for all.

Written for people who have cared for a parent, are currently facing that challenge, or are aging parents themselves, Holding the Net offers practical details about the effects of aging on the body and mind, living arrangements for older people, health care decisions, and surviving rehab. It also challenges the notion that anyone can be an expert when it comes to caring for an aging parent, and encourages us to simply do our best. Melanie hits all the right notes, and her story will have readers nodding their heads and shedding healing tears.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780998701226
  • ISBN-10: 099870122X
  • Publisher: Green Writers Press
  • Publish Date: November 2017
  • Page Count: 240
  • Dimensions: 8.73 x 6.22 x 0.67 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.82 pounds


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Books > Family & Relationships > Eldercare
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