Through the inspirational, wise, and informative stories of the residents, either in their own words or based on interviews, and environmental photographs of each, this book focuses on various residents of long-term care facilities and especially on the positive facets of their life, their thoughts, and their feelings. The only issue that reaches the media about nursing homes is the negative and unfortunate events that sometimes occur, but there is so much more to the story.
Most people are afraid of long-term care homes because they recognize that it is the last phase in their life - it is the step before death. But some people have years from the time they enter the home until they die. This book shows how many men and women make the best of their situation - often leaving a positive legacy for family and friends - and how these can be fulfilling and quality years.
About the authors
Irene Borins Ash, MSW, RSW, is a social worker, writer, speaker, and photographer. Her more than 2 years of experience in working with seniors includes working for various organizations dealing with seniors in Toronto as well as writing papers and doing photography exhibits. This is her second book on her research and experiences with seniors aging well. She lives in Toronto.
Irv Ash is a native-born Torontonian but was a lawyer in a Calgary law firm in the 1980s for six years. Returning to Toronto after a round-the-world trip, he was a corporate executive for seven years with vairous companies, including being vice-president at Cineplex Odeon Corporation. He then decided that his real profession was teaching, and after nine years part-time teaching at various Toronto colleges he has been a full-time professor at Seneca College since 2001. Happily married to Irene Borins Ash since 2000, he has also written various works, assisted Irene in her work, played tennis, downhill skied, and watched numerous movies. He has personally experienced lont-term care while assisting his mother, Nellie, during the last three years of her life.
"Aging is Living" is a fine gift to any senior who thinks their life is over prematurely.”
Midwest Book Review
"Aging is Living ... debunks the notion that long-term care facilities are a place to go to die. Irene Borins Ash ... has taken a quantum leap in changing that perception."
Canadian Jewish News