14 May ‘The Age of Dignity’ explores elderly care
The plates you ate from years ago are still stacked neatly in the cupboard.
Below them, instruments of love: cookbooks propped up by a battered mixing bowl, an ancient percolator, and a cookie jar that’s filled, as it should be.
Those are scraps of your childhood but to your mother, they represent home — and you’re hoping, as she ages, that you can keep her there. In “The Age of Dignity” by Ai-Jen Poo (with Ariane Conrad) (The New Press $25.95), you may find the strength to do it.
As her beloved grandfather lay dying in a nursing home, Ai-Jen Poo felt tremendous guilt. He’d been a vibrant, active man who hadn’t wanted that kind of death — but it’s what he got, much to the chagrin of his family.
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