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Aging Is a Family Affair: How to Prepare for Tomorrow's Difficult Caregiving Conversations—Today Paperback – April 1, 2011


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824526236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824526238
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,960,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Ann Massey, EdD, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and is currently a full-time clinician at the Williamsburg Centre for Therapy. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.


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Dr. Mary Ann Massey was born in Queens, NY many decades ago.Over time she lived (and/or went to school)in Syracuse, NY, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Williamsburg, VA. She's a licensed marriage and family therapist at two locations: Williamsburg and Louisa County on Lake Anna, Virginia. She is a national speaker on personal and spiritual growth issues in Christian and Catholic Christian churches. Dr. Massey's programs focused for many years on supporting separated and divorced men and women who struggle to rebuild their lives and on couples in crisis also struggling to rebuild their lives. In 1999 she added women's retreats to her offerings, traveling (by invitation) to many states, and Canada to deliver day-long programs. By 2010, Dr. Massey's second book, Aging is a Family Affair, How to Prepare for Tomorrow's Difficult Caregiving Conversations - Today, was published. Born out of tragedy in her own family that drew her attention to aging issues, professional care, sibling decisions and so much more, the book grew through stories that others shared about family. It has added a new and exciting dimension to her speaking engagements. These days, Dr. Massey tells lots of warm family stories in her programs, addressing family communications, changing demographic statistics, and boldly addressing the hard topics that families tend to cover up until the last minute. Where, might you ask? Wherever and whenever she is asked. This is her new passion. Webinars are becoming a new delivery method for all these programs. Come check out the possibilities at: www.agingisafamilyaffair.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elaine on May 22, 2011
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I highly recommend this book for anyone who has aging parents or friends, or someone who is aging and needs advice on what to tell the family. Each chapter was relevant for my own personal need--an aging parent who is presently in "assisted living" but will need nursing care in the near future. The need for communication with parents as well as siblings and medical staff "hit home". We don't often think about all of the ramifications that illness and aging bring on. We want to ignore it while all is well. But when it hits, it often does so in ways we never imagined. This book really makes one consider various situations.

The book also made me look at my own personal circumstances with my husband and things we need to discuss, consider, and make decisions about for our own future as seniors. The need to communicate our desires with each other as well as make these desires known to our children is so very important. Dr. Massey wrote a remarkable and informative book which made it all the more impressive by inserting her own family's dealings with problems and decisions regarding her own family crisis. It is not only an important book to read, it is also an outstanding reference book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rick T on February 20, 2012
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Excellent Read. A thought provoking, hands on approach to aging in the family. The book is full of examples of how to discuss the aging process from numerous points of view and from various possibilities within the family. Starts right out with "family speak", learning how to talk with each other in an aging family and doing so, sooner rather than later.

What is really good about the book is how easy it is to read. Each chapter seems to easily flow into the next chapter. Much of this flow is due to the author using her own family's story as a guide throughout the book, to reinforce the ideas she is presenting. In addition, all the "case histories" she refers to in the book, also help bring the book alive.

The "aging" process is not a topic most people want to think about let alone discuss. This book, "Aging Is A Family Affair", takes the topic, breaks it apart into 13 sections and in the end brings it all back together. Thus, by the time the reader finishes it, a real sense of hope has been obtained and a usuable set of tools/ideas have been presented. Tools/ideas that will greatly facilitate the discussion of aging in most any family situation. I highly recommend this book.
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By Bruce B on November 13, 2012
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In this book Dr. Massey is very generous with her wealth of knowledge and shares her own personal experiences in order to help others with this most difficult life experience. This book is valuable and will be helpful to everyone regardless of your family background.

My sisters and I are going through difficult times now with our 82 year old mother. This book has helped me gain new perspective and given me the confidence and ability to control my emotions, to communicate better with my sisters and to make the hard decisions that we face.

It's not often in life that we meet someone who can combine practical professional knowledge and experience with spiritual and religious awareness. Dr. Massey is such a person.
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This book spoke to me loud and clear. My eyes opened from three perspectives: as the dutiful daughter who dealt with the illness and death of both parents; as a sibling who watches my family age; and as a parent wishing to ease my daughters' burden of seeing me through inevitable aging, failing and dying.

This masterfully crafted book offers a new way of thinking about how you and your family will handle growing older. The author uses stories of families who have been through it and how they reacted. I saw myself and my family members as though looking in a mirror. Using their stories and the author's expert commentary as guidelines for changing my attitude, I have begun planting the seeds of how to handle emotions and relationships with my family.

What a blessing to have a resource to help rearrange my thoughts about the last third of my life. Hearty congratulations to the author. I recommend this book to everyone of all ages. It's an eye opener.
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