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Editor’s Choice: Holding the Net

Holding the Net: Caring for My Mother on the Tightrope of Aging

In this timely memoir, Melanie P. Merriman shares her struggle to care for her fiercely independent mother after her father dies. Committed to making the rest of her mother’s life the best it can be, Melanie brings her experience as a hospice consultant to the situation—and she has a sister who is willing to help. But even with these advantages, Melanie finds the real-life experience of caring to be a challenge, with every decision becoming a tug of war.

Written for people who have cared for a parent, Holding the Net offers practical details about the effects of aging on the body and mind, living arrangements for older people, healthcare decisions and surviving rehab. Merriman hits all the right notes, and her story will have readers nodding their heads and shedding healing tears.

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