On Our Own

John DeFrain, Author, Judy Fricke, With, Julie Elmen, With Lexington Books $13.95 (282p) ISBN 978-0-669-15086-5
This straightforward volume provides practical guidance for the time when it becomes necessary to ""persuade, cajole, or lobby'' elderly parents into making major changes in their lives. The authors explore housing arrangements for senior citizens, including shared homes, ``congregate communities'' and live-in help and provide examples of them. Special heed is given to the older person's need for independence, physical safety and social comfort. Checklists, addresses and various governmental agencies are provided in the index. This helpful book dispels the notion that senior living arrangements need be, as the character Rappaport put it in a recent Broadway play, either ``Siberia, Devil's Island or kindergarten.'' (October)
Reviewed on: 03/01/1987
Release date: 03/01/1987
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