As My Parents Age: Reflections on Life, Love and ChangeCynthia RuchtiWorthy Publishing / 2017 / Hardcover$10.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 9 Reviews
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Susan OsbornFullerton, CAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Dealing with Aging ParentsJuly 27, 2017Susan OsbornFullerton, CAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Because of the discoveries of science and medicine , we live in an age when many of us will find ourselves caregivers for our parents. Cynthia Ruchti has prepared us well in this book. She offers 40 reflections dealing with matters we will need answers to as our roles reverse , and we become the parents, and our parents become the children. Cynthia has written a caring resource, filled with stories of people who have been where you are now. I highly recommend this book.
Laura Shuck5 Stars Out Of 5This book is a keeper!June 26, 2017Laura ShuckQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In her gentle, loving manner, Cynthia Ruchti writes with a true heart and wisdom regarding the aging of ones parent's. While the focus is on aging parents, this book is a must read for anyone caring for aging.
Currently, the older population of the United States is quickly increasing and has been for some time. With the beginning of the Baby Boomers reaching retirement and older, it is currently the largest aging population the US has seen in its history. That is not likely to change any time soon.
What do we do when one of our parents repeats the same story for the umpteenth time? Listen, instead of sigh or cutting them off.
What do we do when we have to remind our parents of the same thing for the umpteenth time? Reminisce, instead of impatiently saying remember!
Full of anecdotes, wisdom and grace, the reader is encourage and uplifted. The book is structured in short meditative chapters if one wishes to read it that way or it can be read straight through, which is what I did.
This book is going on my keeper shelf!
Russ5 Stars Out Of 5Hospice Chaplain RecommendedJune 17, 2017RussQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0As a hospice chaplain, I daily talk with families making difficult plan-of-care decisions for aging parents as they finish out their life journeys. The issues Ruchti tackles in "As My Parents Age" are ones too often left undiscussed or only addressed when the crisis is immediate and unavoidable. As I read through the pages, many of the emotions, questions, and responses presented have a familiar ring to those I encounter in families: guilt, confusion, conflict, hurt, failure, etc. The true-life stories and quotes coupled with solid Bible application are invaluable to those facing the issue of honoring and caring for their parents. This book will take its place as an oft-used resource as well as recommended reading for fellow hospice workers and families with aging parents.
As my wife and I watch our parents age, we will be able to implement many of the tips in our own family as well.
"No child can watch a parent age and remain the same." This is just one nugget of wisdom author Cynthia Ruchti gives in this highly recommended book.
Russell Willis, Kindred Hospice Spiritual Care Counselor
kelannlong5 Stars Out Of 5As My Parents AgeJune 14, 2017kelannlongQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It's incredible what ways God uses to sooth and heal. Author Cynthia Ruchti puts clarity into the jumbled fog of words we simply can not seem to grope together for ourselves as we attempt to navigate this emotionally uncharted journey. I needed this book desperately! After 4 rocky years of being primary caregiver to my mother through cancer/chronic depression, and then watch her piece by piece slip away through Alzheimers, I felt like I'd staggered through a colossial tornado with never a chance to get my feet on the ground. There were times I wasn't sure I would survive. However, when she left, oh my, did she go out well, running straight into Jesus' arms! So well, that it's been 4 years and until recently I have finally started to miss her as I continue to go through different levels of grieving and understanding. Not only has this book been salve to my soul, it has chased away what I was holding back from truly enjoying and being there for my dad, who is an amazing, onery ol' cowboy. I didn't realize how I had put up walls between us because I didn't want to experience being whipped through the turbulence again. Cynthia shines Christ's light through the storm in such a grace filled, but very real way. It's overflowing with hope and encouragement. Although everyone has to go through this process, it's a truly an unexpected jolt. It's such a relief to know we are not alone through this on the job training. I have no doubt this will be a book I pass on over and over again.
Sonny5 Stars Out Of 5Insightful and InspirationalJune 14, 2017SonnyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I really enjoyed the stories shared in the book. It brought back memories of caring for my dad and this quote illustrated why I do what I do. The author said, " Provide for their journey in a way that honors God." (Page 45) I remember trying to find book to justify what I was feeling and if it was correct. This book is helpful because as caregivers we get to see that we are not alone in our feelings. Our relationship with our parent whether good or bad will be revealed in all its glory. This is a book to help us not to be too surprise about the changes we will experience as we watch our parents grow old. Thank you Ms Ruchti for always pointing out that growing old does not always mean decline in faculty but that it is a time where you are not restricted by anything. You can enjoy the things you have always wanted to do because your children are grown with their own lives to live.
Reader you will enjoy the prayers and poems at the end of the chapters. I am actually going to share one of them with my sister to encourage her about the amazing God we serve.
Do not be intimated or fear this book. It may just the book you need for the season of like you are going through.
I received this book from the author. The opinions expressed are entirely my own. This is just my thoughts on a great book that needs to be read.