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Nasty, Brutish, and Long

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A coming of old-age story. In nursing homes across the country, members of the Greatest Generation are living out their last days. No matter how exciting or mundane their lives, they?re now occupying a hospital-style room?a public space where you can?t lock your door and strangers come and go. Life is a succession of pokes and prods, medications, TV, bingo, and, possibly, ...more
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Published March 19th 2009 by Avery Publishing Group
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I loved this book! Rosofsky takes his perspective as a psychologist to those in assisted living centers and nursing homes and adds his insights as a voracious reader, an East Coast dweller, and as a cultural Jewish person and delivers an oustanding book.

He balances compassion, intelligence, and irony as he examines the social and emotional landscape of older adults managing (or not managing) in community living centers. Woven within his observations of residents is the story of his own father's
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Rosofsky, a psychologist who talks to people in a variety of nursing homes, gives us a fascinating look at the world of eldercare. He reflects on his parents' final days and the choices we, as a society, have made about health care for the elderly. As a person in her 80's, I found it very interesting....but a trifle depressing!
Mieke Mcbride
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Interesting book if you're interested in mental health, aging, and/or the health care system. In my sociology of aging class this semester, I referenced this book a lot. Rosofsky is a psychologist who primarily travels to long-term care facilities (assisted living, nursing homes, etc.) and, in very short appointment time windows because public and private insurance aren't keen on reimbursing too much for mental health for older adults, talks to residents about their mental health troubles. And t ...more
Annie Koh
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Engaging, thoughtful, a psychologist working in nursing homes offers his firsthand observations. Ranges from stats on the scale of the elder care industry(about the size of aerospace), to tips on selecting a care home (ignore the niceness of amenities, how many staff are actually available to care for residents?), to the indignities of calling a 90-year-old man "dearie" or by his first name instead of "Mr. X". Been thinking about how we as a society interact and value (or ignore and devalue) sen ...more
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ugh. I am quite familiar with the type of facilities he writes of since I am home health therapist. I'd say his assessment of the facilities and the residents is accurate. He doesn't offer solutions and I don't have them either. The reality of aging in America is sort of grim for now (for the majority)- gradually losing independence, freedom to make your own decisions, and a living space that shrinks as the cost of your care increases.
If you don't know this already you might want to read it, bu
Peter Plimpton
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
An entertaining, humorous, admittedly cynical, and sobering look at how the American society handles the final years, written by a psychologist who has first hand knowledge of how the system works. I enjoyed this book.
My father passed away 3/21/14 so the topic is fresh in my mind. The book spoke to me. Many scenes were familiar. My perspective is that of a son missing a dad, but this book is valuable read from many other vantage points as well. Check it out.

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