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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
In life, they say that there are two absolutes, death and taxes, but let's add another one, aging. In today's culture, people are living longer and very heavy decisions must be made about the care and well-being of our loved ones, particularly our parents. In the revised edition of Mom, Dad...Can We Talk: Helping Our Aging Parents with the Insight and Wisdom of Others by Dick Edwards, the reader will experience the nuances of dealing with aging parents and the challenges that adult children and families face during this transition. This book displays the push-pull relationship between parent and child that has now been reversed, which at times can be frustrating and scary if you're not prepared. In this book, you will learn the importance of talking about the changes that will occur 'before' it occurs with not only your family but with your parents. This book offers several self-help approaches from scenarios to questions to gauge your awareness and preparedness and to create a safe space for openness and transparency.
I am a fan of this book because this has been a constant in my family. We were able to navigate through the trials by error and were able to get better and better at caring for our aging parents and loved ones. Dick, through his vast experience in this field, helps us to see this journey through three acts. "Imagine you and your family are starring in a three-act play." Act 1 is your growing up years, Act 2 is your young adult years and Act 3 reflects middle age. Life happens before you know it. How did you live it? How did you treat others? As Dick states, the importance of cherishing those special moments is essential especially during this pandemic from finding ways to let those that we love and care for know that they're loved and thought of to putting yourself in their shoes and seeing through the eyes of your elder, which will help us to find better ways to have empathy, compassion and take time for each other. Mom, Dad...Can We Talk includes a discussion guide that will give you everything you need to get started. As Dick says, "Now, put this book down. Call your parents and your siblings, and start the conversations. You’ll be glad you did." Highly recommended.