Books We Think You’ll Love

We have curated our favorite books that provide inspiration, education, and support for anyone providing family caregiving, working as a senior care professional, or interested in the senior care industry. We share our thoughts on each book and why we found it valuable. Our hope is that by sharing these books with you, we help you create hope for the way we age. Enjoy!

~Francis and Katherine

Disrupting The Status Quo of Senior Living: A Mindshift

Watch our interview with the author, Jill Vitale-Aussem

Disrupting The Status Quo of Senior Living: A Mindshift by Jill Vitale-Aussem

Jill is a breaking down barriers in the world of senior care as an author and as the CEO of The Eden Alternative.

Katherine says….
“Jill shares through a wonderful combination of funny, heartbreaking, and surprising stories of her own experiences – and her own mistakes – what she has learned about today’s hospitality mindset.

She shares her own experience as a resident, so she could better understand the resident’s experience.

She tells us how technology implementations had the wonderful unintended consequence of helping people feel okay to make mistakes and try new things.

And she shares how she led her community through a devastating experience of theft and deception to creating a sense of power and purpose.

This is a must-read if you are in the industry or if you have someone experiencing aging in your life.”

About Faces: Expressions of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Watch Our Interview With The Author, Taylor Hulett

About Faces: Expressions of Alzheimer’s and Dementia by Taylor Hulett

Taylor is a talented photographer. As a senior care professional, he took portraits of his residents for their families and was able to capture a beauty in this life stage that encouraged the families to tell him their stories. He took these stories and shares them with the world in About Faces.

Katherine says….
“When I first met Taylor, I knew he was unique. He has a gift for connecting with people. This book reminds us that there is beauty in aging, and that love transcends dementia. We are in this industry for the people we serve, and reading these touching, raw stories reminds us why we work for a better tomorrow for our older adults.”

Transitioning Your Aging Parent: A 5 Step Guide Through Crisis & Change

Transitioning Your Aging Parent: A 5 Step Guide Through Crisis & Change by Dale C. Carter

“Transitioning Your Aging Parent: A 5 Step Guide Through Crisis & Change” helps adult children and families navigate the many changes their aging parents will face. Dale Carter has developed a new framework, ADAPT, from her personal experience, her background as an educator and project manager, and a sincere desire to help families and their aging parents. Readers will learn how to use the framework, apply specific strategies, and seek out appropriate resources that are right for their situation. Personal stories are woven throughout to illustrate the concepts.Discover how to approach any crisis or change in your parent’s life with clarity and confidence.”It’s almost as though you took all my years of training and managed to put order to it. The ADAPT method of caregiving will decrease stress and give great comfort to families in the eldercare world. My fear is that we can’t get it out to people fast enough.”~ P.K. Beville, M.S., Founder, Second Wind Dreams & Geriatric Specialists

Katherine says….
“Dale is an amazing human being. She inspires and challenges our thinking to best serve ourselves as we serve the people in our lives that need us. She helps us navigate the very emotional, trying, and difficult journey for which no one can truly be prepared.”

You Only Die Once: A Guide To Estate Planning For You And Your Loved Ones

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You Only Die Once: A Guide To Estate Planning For You And Your Loved Ones by Jeff Althaus

From wills to trusts and everything in between, this book provides the groundwork so you can understand the basics. Should you make a plan for yourself? Do you need a lawyer? What is a living will? All of these questions and more are answered inside.

Katherine says….
“Jeff is the funnest, most accessible lawyer I know. He shares insights and information in a way that is super easy to understand, and answers the questions we all have around this hard, and sometimes confusing, topic. This book is easy to read, and I encourage you to check it out. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my kids to have to deal with the courts after I pass. They’ll have enough to deal with without me around to do their laundry! 😂”