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April 01, 2018

Adventures in the Old Folks Home

The pdf for the issue in which this article appears is available for download: Bifocal, Vol. 39 Issue 4.

Book Review
Adventures In The Old Folks Home

by Carol Netzer

Adventures in the Old Folks Home is a delightful collection of short essays about life in an assisted living community in New York. The stories offer immense insight into the lives of the residents, how they came to be in assisted living, what they value, personal and family issues, the process of adjustment to assisted living, their likes, dislikes, and values.

The essays are entertaining and thought- provoking. I found myself taking a few moments at the end of each chapter to ask myself “what is really happening here? This would be a great book for a discussion group or class.

The book is a fast read at 140 pages, well written and edited, easy to read, and intriguing. It is available on Amazon in print or Kindle editions.  

-reviewed by David Godfrey, senior attorney, ABA Commission on Law and Aging.