Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders
By Mary Pipher
(Putnam Adult, Hardcover, 9781573221290, 328pp.)
Publication Date: March 15, 1999
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Writing from her experience as a therapist and from interviews with families and older people, Pipher offers us scenarios that bridge the generation gap. And in these poignant and hopeful stories of real children, adults, and elders we find the secrets to empathy. With her inimitable combination of respect and realism, Pipher gets inside the minds, hearts, and bodies of elder men and women. And we begin to understand fully that the landscape of age is truly that of another country.
Today's world is vastly different from the one our parents grew up in. It's not the world in which helping aging parents meant stopping in at their house every day; in which children could learn about the richness of life from their grandparents; and in which grandparents and children were sustained and nourished by the unique bond between those on the opposite ends of a lifetime. We need new ways of supporting one another -- new ways of sharing our time, our energy, and our love. In Another Country, Mary Pipher will show us how.