As we age and begin to rely on others to take care of us, it is important that we communicate our needs, likes, and dislikes while we still can. Keeping that in mind, author B. Behrend, a seasoned caregiver, has created a journal for seniors to complete and share with current or future caregivers that encourages comforting care instigated by original wishes.
Behrend, who has provided loving care for both her parents for several years, offers a guidebook that allows needs to be honored, providing an organized, clear, and concise method for seniors to effectively communicate before illness strikes. Following her carefully planned structure, seniors complete questions that cover necessities—such as hygiene, clothing, sleeping habits and patterns, and food likes and dislikes—as well as details like favorite music, television shows, and movies. This approach gives an often overlooked glimpse into what brings the person being cared for the most comfort and happiness in life.
It’s All about (the Older) Me provides an avenue for seniors to voice their basic needs to family members and caregivers, allowing an easier transition into aging gracefully and with dignity.