Here Today and Perhaps Tomorrow

and Die Laughing in a Retirement Community-Portraits of Elderly Care

Non-Fiction - Retirement
294 Pages
Reviewed on 05/24/2013
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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.

Maria Beltran

"Here Today and Perhaps Tomorrow" is a book about retirement community living and it is written by someone who is actually experiencing it. It is a comprehensive guide for the elderly who are faced with this life changing decision. Designed to help them choose their homes where they can spend the sunset of their lives, it gives a clear picture not only of the physical reality of such a move, but also its emotional repercussions to the family, community and to the retirees themselves. For those who have not yet reached this important milestone in their lives, the book is an eye opener in understanding the older members not only of their families, but of the community as a whole.

Peter William Kent started living in a retirement home in 2000 and this book is the result of his experiences, observations and aspirations. As the title suggests, this self help book is full of funny and practical insights about the life of the elderly members of our community who decide to live in these homes. Some of them, in fact, do not have any other choice at all. The book also contains poignant and moving stories that are happening inside these communities. We will all reach old age sooner or later and this makes the book an interesting read for everyone. Many of us are too busy living our own lives today so that we may not be fully aware of these communities and the people who live in them. The irony of this is that the chance that we will face the same fate is quite high. This makes the book quite interesting and it is reassuring to know that there is life, even in old age. This book is a testament to that fact.