With millions of baby boomers getting older, retirement is a hot topic. As authors Languirand and Bornstein (coauthors, When Someone You Love Needs a Nursing Home, Assisted Living, or In-Home Care) assert, most retirees today wish to live as independently as possible, staying in their own houses and communities rather than in retirement homes. To assist in that desire, the authors have put together a comprehensive plan for seniors that addresses concerns such as financial planning, safe housing, proactive medical and mental health care, and opportunities for civic engagement. However, this book goes beyond the practical, presenting a philosophical vision that focuses on developing new attitudes toward aging and appreciating how older adults can contribute to society; it also discusses the creation of innovative models of elder care services that make aging at home economically viable for both the individual and society. VERDICT An excellent, much-needed resource for readers exploring their options as they approach retirement age.[Page 79]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Psychologists Languirand and Bornstein (When Someone You Love Needs a Nursing Home, Assisted Living or In-Home Care) penned this guide after concluding that there was "no comprehensive, user-friendly book" that addressed postretirement living, which may mean remaining in one's own home or moving to a new residence where one can live (and age) as independently as possible. In easy-to-navigate chapters, the authors cover topics including finances (IRAs, annuities); services (health care and accessible shopping); and housing options (including how to "retrofit" for future needs). While part one ("Making It Work") focuses on the nuts and bolts of setting a stage for secure retirement, part two ("Making It Count") presents options for retirees, such as taking a course, volunteering, or even writing a book. Although the book's tone is cheerful, readers should be prepared for frank discussions about dementia, hospice, assisted living, and "the D word." Older readers will find a wealth of practical suggestions from the authors--a couple who, nearing retirement age themselves, amicably confess to having given up spicy wings and to taking a "tumble" while out conducting their own neighborhood "walkability" test. Agent: Joelle Delbourgo, Joelle Delbourgo Associates. (Sept.)[Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC