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Age Your Way: Create a Unique Legacy Paperback – September 25, 2016
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Helping those people eventually became her life's work.
Realizing there was a growing and unmet need for advocacy on behalf of those who can no longer care for themselves, Debbie transitioned to case management, founding Nurses Care Management (NCM) in 2000. She and her team were often given guardianship over incapacitated individuals, and were tasked with making crucial decisions for people who were no longer able to communicate their wishes or decide what would happen next in their lives. This experience--trying to somehow unlock answers to crucial questions that were hidden inside her patients--inspired Debbie to design a simple, effective format to help people accurately gather vital information and document how they want their wishes carried out. That system became Age Your Way and The Blueprint to Age Your Way.
Today, Debbie's love for nursing has become a mission, and the powerful tools she has created are helping patients, their families and their loved ones. It's all an extension of Debbie's heartfelt belief that what lives on as our legacy is what's in the hearts and minds of the people you leave behind. Or as she herself puts it, "I want to make a difference and leave something valuable for others."
Debbie is a native of Austin, Texas and a graduate of Brackenridge Hospital School of Nursing and University of Texas School of Nursing. She has spent her entire career in her beloved Austin, where she continues to live with her husband, Hank. She has three children, eight grandchildren and a large extended family.
- Publisher : Family Night Press (September 25, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 190 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0997853301
- ISBN-13 : 978-0997853308
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.43 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,543,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I thank the author for her wisdom shared so generously, and for her patience with her clients. Their later years were richer and more comfortable because of Debbie. This book is for the reader. . . and for her family.
I went to lunch with a friend and she was telling me about her father-in-law's sudden health decline, and how her family is relocating to be near him in his final year. His care need is growing. I told her about your book, and how it's bringing my family so much clarity and peace of mind as we build a plan together. She left me a voicemail yesterday saying that not only did she devour the whole thing, she bought copies for every member of her family, and ordered many copies to hand out to her clients, as they purchase insurance and make retirement plans etc. She was thrilled at this new resource that uncovers firm footing for families and individuals as they navigate the tricky journey of declining health.
I am currently re-reading it, and was very glad to hear you are hard at work developing a workbook version. I am sure distilling years of experiences into writing to share with others was a challenging process, and all I can say is how grateful I am that you took the time to share your expertise, as well as your heart. This is hard-won knowledge, and I am so thankful for your willingness to share.
Likewise, she quotes one patient who states elegantly why we shouldn’t leave the planning to our children. “…the patient looked me straight in the eyes and said with clarity, ‘My children have no idea who I am.’”
But this book is equally valuable if you are helping someone else to plan for or cope with long-term care. And as one who does this for a living, I found it well worth reading just for the lovely and poignant stories of the author’s parents’ passages through the aging process.
I wouldn’t swap this for ten “how-to” books full of dry generalizations. It is full of real people, whom we meet through engaging anecdotes drawn from forty years of nursing and caregiving experience. Reading it is as close to learning from experience as you’ll find in the pages of a book.