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Library Journal - March 1, 2011
Kane (director, Ctr. on Aging, Univ. of Minnesota), combining
his years of professional experience with what he learned when he
and his sister cared for their aging mother, has produced a
thoughtful how-to manual. He shares clear and practical explorations
of whether one is cut out to be a caregiver, and he tackles dealing
with financial issues, finding the right doctor, what to expect in
the way of physical and mental changes with aging, working with
hospitals, choosing a nursing home, self-care for the caregiver,
and, ultimately, dealing with death. Kane also discusses changes in
the existing health-care system that he asserts would improve
end-of-life care for all involved. VERDICT Interspersed with
anecdotes from other caregivers, numerous charts and checklists, and
lists of resources, this is a carefully arranged collection of
useful information, stressing the importance of being compassionate
and nonjudgmental. Kane points out that the book’s various sections
can be used independently and in no particular order as each person
enters into caregiving at a different point along the continuum,
making it ideal for lay readers.