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Ralph Mroz’s Book, “The Senior Years Master Plan,” Is Your Field Guide to End of Life Planning

August 31st, 2020

As author Ralph Mroz states in the first sentence of this book, we’re all going to die. But, he says, the more important question is, how hard is dealing with your death going to be – both for you and for the people you leave behind?   Obviously, your family and the other people who are tasked with handling your estate, are going to grieve your loss, whether or not it’s timing comes as a surprise. But how much work will they have ahead of them, finalizing your estate? Most of us, he points out, would prefer to minimize their work, and have a say in our endgame. That’s... Read More

The Eldercare Consultant: Your Guide to Making the Best Choices Possible

September 1st, 2015

The Eldercare Consultant: Your Guide to Making the Best Choices Possible Author: Becky Feola Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne Holmes This book is primarily for you if you are or are about to become a caregiver, and you are looking for advice and help in what to do with ageing parents, siblings, or partners. But it is also a great guidebook for those who come in contact with caregivers. That includes everyone from medical personnel, case managers, social workers, financial planners, spiritual leaders, eldercare attorneys – and even your children, family members – and friends and neighbors. A... Read More

Probate Pirates

August 20th, 2015

Probate Pirates Author: J. Kristi Hood Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne Holmes Is the probate system a protection racket? Based on her personal experience, author Hood says yes. Starting with her first chapter, titled “It’s all about the money all of the time,” she warns the reader that the information provided in her book, which is based on her personal experience with her father, is “pugnacious and provoking.” Her goal in writing of her experiences and subsequent research, is to help readers understand “the tar pit our probate counts have become.”  Specifically,... Read More

You Want Me to Do What? Journaling for Caregivers

August 5th, 2012

You Want Me to Do What? Journaling for Caregivers Author: B. Lynn Goodwin Website: http://www.writeradvice.com/ywmtdw.htm Reviewed By: Anne Holmes for the NABBW This is a fantastic little book for caregivers who are looking for a way to relieve their stress. Journaling is a perfect stress-buster, and author B. Lynn Goodwin has personal experience to her credit. This book is small enough to fit into your pocket, so that you can journal whenever a free moment hits – or make a free moment by taking it into the bathroom with you! Author Goodwin says, “Think of it this way: Remember how... Read More

Navigating the River of Aging

December 24th, 2011

Navigating the River of Aging Note: This book is also available in Kindle format. Author: By Marilyn Slaby Website: http://www.ThereForYoutoo.com Reviewed By: Anne Holmes for the NABBW If you\’re a Baby Boomer, this book just may become your “go to” book for quick answers to the issues you and your parents face today. It\’s small, less than 100 pages, but full of practical tips and information – all served up with a positive attitude and a dash of humor. Author Slaby is an advocate and consultant for baby Boomers and their parents. The depth and breadth of her experience... Read More

A Boomer’s Guide to Cleaning Out Your Parent’s Estate in 30 Days or Less: How to Empty the Family Home Without Losing Your Mind

September 23rd, 2010

A Boomer’s Guide to Cleaning Out Your Parent’s Estate in 30 Days or Less: How to Empty the Family Home Without Losing Your Mind By Julie Hall (The Estate Lady) http://www.TheBoomerBurden.com Reviewed by: Anne Holmes for the NABBW This step-by-step guide is a companion book to Hall’s masterpiece, “The Boomer Burden- Dealing With Your Parents’ Lifetime Accumulation of Stuff.” It’s a small book, six sections and 80 pages – but don’t let the size fool you. This is the nuts and bolts of what you will need to actually wade into your parents home and get it cleaned out. It is chock... Read More

The Boomer Burden: Dealing With Your Parents’ Lifetime Accumulation of Stuff

September 23rd, 2010

The Boomer Burden: Dealing with Your Parents’ Lifetime Accumulation of Stuff By Julie Hall (The Estate Lady) http://www.TheBoomerBurden.com Reviewed by: Anne Holmes for the NABBW According to Julie Hall, every day, approximately forty-eight hundred Baby Boomers become middle-aged orphans when their elderly parents pass away, leaving them with a lot more than just memories. Having worked with thousands of clients over the past two decades in her capacity as “The Estate Lady,” a leading national authority on conducting estate sales, personal property appraisals, liquidations and removal... Read More

The Daughter Trap: Taking Care of Mom and Dad…and You

August 20th, 2010

Author: Laurel Kennedywww.DaughterTrap.com Reviewed By: Anne Holmes Laurel Kennedy has experienced the “daughter trap” firsthand. And, according to this book, you may already be caught in it as well. The trap, as she explains it is this: Daughters get trapped into taking care of their parents because everyone assumes they will, and we women go along with it. We have been schooled to believe elder care is a daughter\’s obligation, not an option. As daughters we get caught in this trap, she says, because everyone assumes, that we will and can provide care for our aging parents. We\’ve... Read More

Surviving Eldercare – Where Their Needs End and Yours Begin

May 10th, 2010

Author: Ellen Bessowww.ellenbesso.com Reviewed By: Melinda Cianos As a certified life coach and a Registered Clinical Counselor, Ellen Basso explains how a balanced approach to caring for aging loved ones is crucial for the well-being of both the care giver and receiver. As her own mother is suffering with Alzheimer’s and she devotes time caring for her, she has had to put her own advice to the test with regards to finding ways to replenish levels of energy and staying positive while meeting the needs of her aging parent. Her book is dedicated to those who drain resources, available time, and... Read More

Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash

March 15th, 2010

Author: Vickie Dellaquilawww.OrganizationRule.com Reviewed By: Melinda Cianos Vickie Dellaquila is a “professional organizer and senior move manager.” She employs her organizational skills to alleviate some, if not all, of the overwhelming aspects of moving out of a home. For seniors who are moving out a home that they have lived in almost all of their lives, the decision to leave can be sad; those attempting to relocate can be overcome with emotion and this can be debilitating. Even if the move is better for the individual financially, or with regards to his/her safety, there will be an... Read More