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Jiminy4 Stars Out Of 5Worth readingAugust 28, 2014JiminyQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a MUCH more worthwhile book than one might think, even though a bit dated, since written before the 2008 crash. Of the 3 realities ... caring for parents, adult children moving back (with kids), and retiring to a fixed income with underfunded social security, medicare, and personal funds ... only the third is especially relevant (or so I believe).
Yet, even though the first two may not bear on my life, the writing is insightful and rewarding.
As to the third, I was born in 1947, so am in the vanguard. Terry argues that I should work as long as possible. Can I shoot the messenger? I guess that does not help with unpleasant truths. He did score points with me for suggesting using a bike as real transportation. I've done this in Anchorage for over 25 years (year round), but now arthritis in hip and knee has brought changes. Now we actually own two cars. As he suggests, we are working on changing our spending habits. I wish me lots of luck.
There are two things not covered. The first is the importance of doing all you can to stay healthy ... well, if mentioned it is not emphasized. The second is making sure your wills are in order; another thing for us to do.
This is fundamentally a Christian-oriented book in that scripture comes up either as support or illustration of his points. For those of you who would be as likely to join the Islamic State as ever to become a Christian, you should still read the book. Terry does not beat the reader up in an evangelistic frenzy. It's just not on his program. That ancient cultures might have worthwhile things to say should not offend you, nor should his own obvious reverence for our Creator. We are all in this together.
Patti5 Stars Out Of 5August 25, 2008PattiBoomers on the Edge by Terry Hargrave is much needed in today's culture for those in midlife. Baby Boomers are now being called "The Sandwich Generation" because we are often sandwiched in between our aging parents and our children, having to care for both. This book gives practical advice for those who are facing this and other similar situations. It also faces financial issues that Boomers will be facing due to our nation's rising cost of living.The book is broken down into three sections:~The Challenge of Caregiving~The Challenge of Adult Children~The Challenge of RetirementThis is a must read for anyone who will be facing caring for elderly parents in their near future. The section on how to parent and grandparent at the same time is also excellent.I highly recommend this. Kudos to Terry Hargrave for writing such a timely book!
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