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Aging with a Plan: How a Little Thought Today Can Vastly Improve Your Tomorrow

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"Driven by personal experience and a respected career in bioethics and law, Sharona Hoffman provides us a vibrant, very usable chapter-by-chapter guide, inclusive of actionable checklists to prepare for the next phases of our multifaceted phases of our lives as we experience the 40s to 80s. Her work blends scholarly knowledge and action steps to anticipate the best informed aging that will allow us to age with grace as well as to support our loved ones who may experience the vagaries of aging with the best preparedness and confidence."
--Jennie Chin Hansen, CEO, American Geriatrics Society; former president of the AARP

"This is a very practical book full of useful information. The book is particularly useful for Baby Boomers dealing with their own elderly parents. The author expertly uses case studies involving her own family to teach lessons relevant to any family. The author, who is a noted health law expert, bases her recommendations on solid research. But in addition to solid research and useful facts, the book contains many practical tips."
--David English, Professor of Law, University of Missouri; Chair, ABA Commission on Law and Aging

"Outstanding advice that will make everyone (EVERYONE) younger–learning about these choices with this excellent reference beforehand will definitely make stressful events more manageable."
--Michael F. Roizen, M.D., author of This is Your Do-Over

About the Author

Sharona Hoffman, JD, LLM, is the Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law, professor of bioethics, and codirector of the Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (May 12, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440838909
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440838903
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an exceptional book about planning for aging/retirement. No other book is as comprehensive and brilliantly researched as Professor Hoffman's. This is a book that should remain as a reference work after you finish reading it. You will need one chapter or another at a later moment and will need to refresh your acquaintance with sources cited and analysis offered. The 32 page bibliography alone is an invaluable resource. Moreover, every topic is lucidly presented and all the advice is careful and open to your own preferences. I particularly recommend the chapter on "exit" strategies at the end of life, a topic which is unfortunately widely ignored in favor of a lot of wishful thinking. Read it and take it seriously!
For boomers, it is already time to give a copy of this book to your children and they enter their late thirties and forties. Like all the other reviewers so far, I give it five stars.
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I bought a copy of this book from Amazon and am recommending it to my friends of all ages. This is the most comprehensive information I've seen on the points that we all need to focus on as we and our family members grow older. I especially like the detailed description of the different kinds of "community living" and "continuing care retirement communities"; also the description of long-term care options. The discussion clearly points out the pros and cons of each of the various options and the practical checklists at the end of each chapter are invaluable. The author obviously has done a lot of research and the fact that she also brings to bear her own experience helps make the book even more relevant.
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Outstanding resource. Well-written, well-organized, comprehensive, and "accessible" -- with
copious references to reliable websites. The Table of Contents alone provides an excellent list of the issues a reader needs to address for his or her own sake and on behalf of elderly relatives, but I read the whole thing from cover to cover and will go back specific chapters as the particular issues arise.
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The author writes in a very clear and logical way, covering many aspects of aging and caring for, or being an elderly person. She includes personal anecdotes about her own health care "adventures", as well as those of her parents and others. She makes this a very readable and accessible book. She shook me out of the fantasy that I would probably die suddenly in my sleep someday when she presented the statistic that only 15% or less of elderly people die like that without a preceding illness. I especially liked the chapter on "coordinated care", which talks about finding the right doctor and tips on being an active participant in your healthcare and getting your doctor to listen during a tern to fifteen minute exam. The book seems a little pricey but I think it's worth it.
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If you are feeling concerned about caring for elderly parents, or worried about becoming a burden on your children, this is the book to read. A thoughtful and deeply personal look at the challenges of aging, it is a very readable resource for all aspects of planning for older age. Aging With A Plan goes beyond generic financial retirement advice to talk about the realities of aging, and how you and your family can best prepare for the golden years, regardless of your income level.
There is practical advice and resources for planning for retirement and adequate healthcare, to the difficult topics of elderly driving and end of life care and directives. This is an invaluable book for anyone at any age who wants to be prepared in order to enjoy those later years.
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With retirees living longer, many of us are surprised to find ourselves financially and otherwise responsible for caring for elderly parents, planning our own retirements and supplementing the incomes of grown children. It's a balancing act that requires great care in planning, especially since we all must plan for the unexpected given the unpredictability of the health of ourselves and our loved ones. Sharona Hoffman has created an amazingly thoughtful and well-researched guide for the sandwich generation (and others) for planning every critical aspect of aging, from an unbiased analysis of various living arrangements to managing health care, legal documents, financial planing, and even end-of-life "exit strategies" and their ethical considerations. I consider myself a good planner but am thrilled with the new information I learned and will recommend this book to friends.
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Sharona Hoffman wrote in her Introduction that a geriatric social worker friend of hers told her the key to life was to "stay active physically, mentally, and socially." The author then tells the reader the why and how to do just this. The book is full of information that was exceedingly well researched. Each chapter is very well written and at the end of each chapter is a checklist summarizing the main points. The Conclusion has what the author portrays as the primary points throughout the book. These checklists are important as a summary but take the time to read the whole book because on almost every page there is useful and practical information that will help your relatives or you prepare for the golden years. A time of life that many of us choose to put off or neglect until it is too late.
Ms.Hoffman did an excellent job of using her own family's life experiences and that of her husband's family to bring useful context to many of the issues she discussed. I related to many of the challenges she and her husband faced with their aging parents. Both of my parents have passed but if this book had been available before they died it would have made things much easier. Just knowing that there were options would have been a great help. Her discussion of Continuing Care Retirement Centers (CCRCs) made me aware of what I think may be an option for myself and my wife as we grow older. Being an attorney, I had many of the power-of-attorney duties associated with taking care of my parents, but I still found out new, useful information that could be helpful, if not for me then other relatives, such as the mental health advance directive.
This book helps provide guidance with dealing with delicate situations such as a parent that refuses to give up a drivers license despite being impaired.
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