Fact: People with siblings report higher life
satisfaction and lower rates of depression in their later years. Now
there’s a new book that will help middle-aged and older adults
make the most of those sibling connections.
It’s true. Having sisters and brothers does have positive
effects for older adults. But it’s also true that during the early and
middle years of adulthood many siblings lose touch with their sisters
and brothers. The new book Sisters and Brothers
All These Years: Taking Another Look at the Longest Relationship in
by Lillian S. Hawthorne (VanderWyk & Burnham,
$9.95 paperback) is just the answer to help middle-aged and older adults
rediscover those relationships.
Sisters and Brothers All These
is a heartfelt look at the dynamics of lifelong sibling
relationships with a special focus on their meaning in later years.
The author’s insights will remind people of the value and significance
of their own sibling connections—often the most lasting bonds in a person’s
Hawthorne’s book could not come at a better
time. Today there are 35 million older Americans, and most of
them have brothers and sisters. And since they have a longer
life expectancy than ever before, these vibrant individuals
will have the opportunity to enjoy their sibling relationships
for many years to come.
The book’s special features add to its quality. Personal
stories by older siblings serve as a window into the readers’ own relationships.
A list of thoughtful guidelines for building bridges between siblings
will help the readers stay connected with their sisters and brothers.
Sisters and Brothers All These Years
is available at bookstores or by calling 800-789-7916.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lillian S. Hawthorne has enjoyed a 20-year career as a clinical social worker and university professor of social work. Her professional experience includes research on the aging process and sibling relationships. In addition, she has served as a consultant to various counseling programs. This is her second book.