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From Caring to Caretaking
by Lillian S. Hawthorne
ISBN: 978-1-889242-23-1 / ISBN-10: 1-889242-23-3, $12.00, paperback
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Today’s older generation is the longest lived and longest married of any in our society’s history. Many couples have been married longer than people used to live only a few generations ago. This additional time brings more years to be together and also more years to be old together—both a bonus and a burden. Twenty-four long-married couples share their experiences and insights in this unusual book that focuses on the realities of aging in long-term marriages. Drawing from professional literature, the interviews, and her own personal experience in a long-term marriage, the author writes compassionately but without sentimentality about wives taking care of husbands, husbands taking care of wives, husbands and wives taking care of each other, and couples who are “not yet” caretakers.

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