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Holding the Net: Caring for My Mother Reading and Signing

The Book Cellar Lake Worth
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Holding the Net: Caring for My Mother on the Tightrope of Aging was named American Book Fest’s 2017 Best Book Award Winner for Autobiography/Memoir and a Caregiving.com choice for Best Caregiving Book of 2017. In this poignant and timely memoir, Melanie Merriman and her sister struggle, each in their own way, to care for their aging and fiercely independent mother. As a former hospice consultant who studied aging, illness, and the intricacies of the healthcare system, Merriman thought she was prepared her for whatever challenges might come. Instead, she was humbled by the real-life experience of caregiving. Written for people who have cared for a parent, are currently facing that challenge, or are aging parents themselves, Holding the Net offers practical details about the effects of aging on the body and mind, living arrangements for older people, health care decisions, and surviving rehab. It also challenges the notion that anyone can be an expert when it comes to caring for an aging parent, and encourages us simply to do our best.