Issue 90, September 2005
Facing Age: A practical guide for families
Author: Nancye Bourke
Publisher: Exisle Publishing Ltd, Auckland 2005
While this publication is written with the families of older persons as the main readers it contains significant information, which can apply to families facing change. Nancye takes a positive approach to people being in control of aspects of their future as we all age. She outlines measures for sound forward (retirement) planning, keeping informed about options and discusses the importance of family communication.
The book talks about coping with personal change, dealing with family disputes, living arrangements, making the most of retirement and managing failing health.
In the section “The Family” much of the dialogue can apply to families coping with enforced early retirement due to a disabling illness. And the final small section “Yourself” is pertinent to all family carers who experience a range of emotional responses to the situations they are living each day.
The appendix has “Personal Information” forms, which can be used as a guide to your own planning and data recording. The forms can be downloaded from the publisher’s website and used following reference to the book’s contents.
While this book is not specifically about families experiencing the Huntingtin Gene or Huntington’s Disease, I believe as a New Zealand resource book it has a most worthwhile application to HD situations.
Reviewed by: Beth Gordon