File Size: 4162 KB
Print Length: 210 pages
Publisher: Random House (February 6, 2009)
Publication Date: February 10, 2009
That tells the story of a mother's decline and eventual death, and a daughter's determined effort to make this difficult process as dignified and decent as possible. As the woman mother lapses further into dementia, and her home (consisting of an Alheimers-afflicted husband and an variety of mostly well-meaning relatives, friends and care-givers) falls into chaos, Ms. Federico struggles to bring sanity to the situation. But she finds she has to make more personal sacrifices and also to deal with more bizarre situations than she had anticipated. And she must also find a way to fix the conflicts in her difficult relationship with her mommy.
Ms. Federico accomplishes the difficult task of informing this story in a way that recognizes the outlandish humor in the frustrations that constantly come up, even as she gives full weight to the underlying heartbreak, sorrow and loss. She gives all of us a true affirmation of the process of dwelling with all its tenderness, pain, giddy humor, sacrifice, indignity, exuberance, sadness, and inevitable loss.
For anyone who has ever already been associated with tending to an aging parent, this book will strike many (and not all painful) acquainted chords. And for anyone who is anticipating or currently tending to an aging parent, Welcome to the Departure Lounge will will be an priceless, funny and wise companion.
It's also a wonderful funny and heartwarming read., Mrs. Federico does a impressive job of explaining the procedure and problems of taking care of an aging parent with medical and dementia issues with humor and love. I found it helped to validate my own, personal experience with my mother's last years as she devolved into a non-verbal living. I would recommend this book to adult children who are caring for an elderly parent to help them discover the caring humor in this technique. And I strongly recommend utilizing hospice at the conclusion., I thought this would be a good book to give my children who will have the responsibility of taking care of me when I get old(er). I wanted to show them it doesn't all must be serious and gloomy, that there can be some fun and humor in the process if you look for it. While the characters in this book are humorous, I may think it was very realistic. At least not for me. However, it does show that although there is a tremendous amount of work taking care of an elderly parent while taking care of your own family, there are a few bright places and a huge sense of relief if it's done., We read about half of this and put it apart as I just could not seem to get into it. Then my sibling started her descent into true "infirmity" and abruptly this book popped back into my memory so We finished it today. We think it must be recommended reading for anyone who is brave enough to become a caretaker to a ageing parent. No one is prepared for the things that occur to Mom or Dad or sister who is approaching the ending of life. It's brutally frightening for all of us. I think this book of experiences takes the edge off some of that fear., Welcome to the Departure Lounge is an excellent glimpse into the world of dementia and age related problems. Along with all the angst the characters are still endowed by adequate and nice funds to care for needs and wants of the patients. How different this story would be should such situation was confronted in poverty or with limited funds., Laugh and Cry. I could relate to this story on many levels so I enjoyed the book. Experiencing many similar experiences with my own parents. At times I used to be frustrated with the key character's behaviour but then there wouldn't be much of a conflict between the several characters in the storyplot and it would be boring. Enjoyable listening to the audio version. We recommend this to anyone who is dealing with elderly parents!, I enjoyed this guide so much, a narrative told by the daughter of her mom's final years as the lady steadily loses the capabilities she once was for granted, sometimes comical, at other times serious and sad, but a very worthwhile read. I will be reminded of my great aunt who at 92 still drove herself surreptitiously to the beauty shop after she found the car keys that had been hidden from her! Many of us elderly do not quit easily!!!, We loved this guide, it made me laugh and wish to cry too at times. The particular mothers situation was outrageous and yet gives all of us all somewhat of what may happen as our parents age. At eighty I realize I need to write a book from the point of view of the parent. Although I still can. We love the respect the author had for her parents regardless of all the challenges it caused in the woman family life. Everyone who may need to care for a parent should check out this. We are way to silent about dying and we all do it. We thank the author for freely sharing her experiences and feelings with us. The more educated we become about the process of letting go of our parents, and letting go of our children the more natural this process will become and can let go of the worry of declining. Loved it.
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