How To Take Care of Old People Without Losing Your
Suzanne Asaff Blankenship presents “I’ve Got Your Back –
Being An Effective Eldercare Advocate” at the University
Park Public Library
Saturday, September 15 at 10:00 a.m. Free and open to
Presented by the Friends of the University Park Public
author of How To Take Care of Old People Without
Losing Your Marbles will discuss "I've Got Your
Back - Being An Effective Eldercare Advocate" at the
University Park Public Library on Saturday, September
15, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. presented by
the Friends of the University Park Public Library.
Suzanne will lead you through some of the most worrisome
issues surrounding eldercare using real life experiences
sprinkled with humor. The presentation includes a Q & A,
book signing afterwards and is open to the public at no
library is located at 8383
Preston Center Plaza #200, Dallas, TX 75225.
The book has just won a Book
Excellence Award in Caregiving presented
by Literary Excellence Incorporated. The
awards recognize authors from all backgrounds and
genres, providing them with an opportunity to celebrate
their achievements in releasing their book. Receiving a
Book Excellence Award is a tremendous honor that
represents the hard work, dedication and commitment that
went into creating a book. Books that have received a
Book Excellence Award have been recognized for their
high quality design, writing and overall market appeal.
As Suzanne’s mother aged, she found herself
more and more involved in her mother’s eldercare and
soon, her in-laws’ as well. At every juncture of her
mother’s and her in-laws’ eldercare journey, Suzanne has
had to research, investigate and learn the best way to
tackle each new topic.
A former corporate executive and founding
partner of her own consulting group, Suzanne approached
these eldercare issues with an organization she learned
in her business career – evaluate, assess, develop a
plan and implement. Using these four organizational
steps, Suzanne found that she can be more effective in
advocating and find alternatives to some less-preferred,
but more obvious elder options.
Suzanne also found that she felt overwhelmed
as each new topic emerged for her mother or her
in-laws. Resources and help were hard to find or
non-existent. As she faced learning curves that looked
more like rocket launches than smooth, slightly elevated
bell curves, Suzanne realized that other folks were
probably feeling the same way. So, at the encouragement
of her sister-in-law and brother, Suzanne wrote How
To Take Care of Old People Without Losing Your Marbles.
The book is sprinkled throughout with humorous quips,
funny examples and tongue-in-cheek references to the
stories that run throughout eldercare – because it’s
imperative that you laugh along the way. Laughter and
levity bring down the stress to what can be a very tough
time for all involved.
All of the topics that Suzanne covers in her
book have been topics that she has had to walk through
in her mother’s or her in-laws’ care. From long-term
care insurance and assisted living to selecting home
health aides and hospice, Suzanne has approached each
one with an organized, methodical approach. She found
that she was able to spend more time on her mother’s
care and well-being, if she was organized in her
approach to the immediate or ongoing need. More
organization and preparedness leads to less stress and
frustration – leaving more time for the care and love
she wants to give her elders.
Suzanne’s book is different from other books
on this subject – hers is short, covering important
topics (but without exhaustively covering them), and
Eldercare is punctuated by emergencies. We
don’t need a book on every emergency and we don’t have
time to read tomes before we step in to help our elder
folks. We need exactly what Suzanne offers –
practical, short, full of resources – giving us a path
through the journey and some laughs along the way.
Suzanne’s mom, Ruth, passed two years ago at
98 years young and her mother-in-law is 88. Her
father-in-law passed away in 2012.
From Texas originally, Suzanne now calls
Colorado home and travels back to Dallas frequently for
television appearances, book signings and to visit
family and friends. She believes in advocacy, the
importance of family, and the need for balance in life.
Humor is her favorite resource.
More information can be found at Suzanne’s
website TheEldercareNavigator.com How
To Take Care of Old People Without Losing Your Marbles can
be found through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com or in
Dallas at Nicholson Hardie, Preston Road Pharmacy, Logos
Bookstore in Snider Plaza, and Lovers Lane Barber Shop.
Signed copies are available at Suzanne’s websitewww.TheEldercareNavigator.com.