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Graceful Last Chapters: Helping Seniors Who Need More Care by Cynthia Neher Martindale is a comprehensive manual on everything one needs to know about the travails and intricacies of elderly care. Told in a frank, no-nonsense style, the book covers every detail caregivers, family members and even the elderly themselves would wish to know about the various care options available today.
Cynthia Neher Martindale writes in a crisp, authoritative voice, one that comes from years of experience in handling a multitude of queries regarding the numerous aspects of elderly care. She manages to capture various perspectives and to break down the psychological and emotional barriers that prevent family members and caregivers from giving the elderly the assistance they need. The early chapters are very welcoming for readers new to the world of elderly care, and her message of "trust me, I've been there, I know what you're going through" is an easy one for readers to receive.
For a book that is all about helping seniors get the care they need, Martindale never fails to highlight the emotional and physical toll the job takes on the caregiver themselves, and manages to come up with several ways to make this difficult task more bearable. It is this comprehensive and insightful knowledge that makes this book "the book" on elderly care, and a must-have in every home, hospice, and senior facility. The elderly and their caregivers will find Graceful Last Chapters: Helping Seniors Who Need More Care a fascinating read that will greatly enrich their knowledge about this extremely important matter.