Today I am back with another book review reviewing The Caregiving Season: Finding Grace to Honor Your Aging Parents by Jane Daly. This book spoke to me personally because I have the honorable responsibility of taking care of my father who is in his 80’s and is a widower. As he is aging, while he is able to do a majority of things for himself, we still see the reality that as he gets older, more care from his family must be given. This book takes the reader on a journey of what it’s like to go from living your normal life as an adult to coming face to face with the reality that taking care of your parents as another part of your life along with the other responsibilities you already have. The first part of the book focuses on being realistic in acknowledging that your parent doesn’t have the same abilities and strength they once had. This can be challenging because we’re so used to seeing our parents as the ones helping us. Now the roles are reversed as we have to help our parents. One big idea emphasized in the first part of the book is that as adult children we must extend grace to our aging parents because while we see the decline, they are having to face reality themselves, which can potentially lead to depression. Part 2 goes through the struggles the adult children may have as they come to the conclusion that their parents aren’t the same. Part 3 starts with how to serve your parents if they are dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia. Part 3 concludes with words on how to balance caregiving and marriage (if we’re married), which is challenging but can be done. The final part of the book continues discussion on how to handle decisions involving end-of-life care and general care for our aging parents as they get older.
As I indicated in the introduction, this book speaks volumes to me as my father is in his 80’s and has started to show some signs of slowing down. I would recommend this book to any family involved with caring for aging parents. Caring for aging parents is rewarding yet very challenging. Along with this book, I would encourage families to connect with others who’ve been in the situation before or are currently going through it for encouragement and advice. I salute Jane Daly for writing this book and being transparent regarding some of the struggles she’s faced caring for her aging parents.
Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complementary copy of this book.