Recommended Reading


Alzheimer's: A Mother Daughter Journey

by Celia Pomerantz

A lovely recounting of a daughter's caregiving journey as her mother descends into Alzheimer's. The photographs enrich the tale. Read our review

August Farewell: The Last Sixteen Days of a Thirty-Year Romance

by David G. Hallman

A true love story, this is also a sensitive guide for those tending to a loved one with a terminal illness, addressing hospice care, legal issues, even funeral preparations. Read our review

We're in This Together

by Rob Harris

Though cancer is the villain here, this spellbinding tale (really, it reads like fiction) is also a brilliant blueprint for anyone shouldering the responsibility for someone who is hospitalized. Read our review


When the Time Comes: Families with Aging Parents

by Paula Span

Clear-eyed and highly readable, this book tracks several families as they choose among various housing options for their aging loved ones. With useful checklists.

Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of our Elders

by Mary Pipher

They say that old age isn't for sissies; this book brings home the reasons why, and helps readers approach the aged with compassion.

How to Say it to Seniors

by David Solie

As seniors wrestle with conflicting needs (to maintain control, to let go) , families must learn to respect choices and communicate with love.

My Mother, Your Mother: Embracing "Slow Medicine," the Compassionate Approach to Caring form Your Aging Loved Ones

By Dennis McCough

Help elders deal with their changing bodies in ways that can make their latter years most comfortable—and not crisis-ridden.


The Year of Magical Thinking

by Joan Didion

Imperative reading for anyone helping someone who is grieving--or trying to understand their own reactions during this tumultuous time.