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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
If you're looking for a way to understand the dynamics of a retirement community, Here Today and Perhaps Tomorrow by Peter William Kent just may be the book for you. A resident himself, the author takes the reader through the process of determining the best fit between potential facilities and the senior needing a place to relocate. The first part of the book offers practical information regarding the types of facilities and it offers practical suggestions on how and why retirement community living may or may not be the correct option for a particular individual. The book then moves onto what a care community can offer a resident as well as what considerations should precede a commitment to a move. We are then treated to actual community living scenarios and we learn how humor, compassion, and respect can make the experience a critical and enjoyable part of one's life.
I loved the retiree conversations sections. The reader is treated to various conversations taking place in elevators as well as conversations related to visitors, postings of announcements, outings, and dining room conversations. Anyone considering a move to such a community should feel a greater sense of understanding from the conversations which reflect confusion, compassionate concern, and a high level of intelligence at the end of the lifespan. Kent gives readers a gift in the form of resident stories. Anyone reading the book will have renewed respect for the wisdom and wealth of knowledge of our senior citizens. Readers will gain a sense of awe for the weathering process of the residents who have stayed the course of life. This is an outstanding book of information and compassion which readers of all ages are urged to enjoy.