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“The ideal supplement for your introductory aging or social gerontology courses, Worlds of Difference, Third Edition, is the only book for undergraduates that addresses the diversity of aging experiences in society by race, gender and social class. “The virtue of this book is that it makes a multicultural, systems of inequality approach to the study of aging accessible to students and it does so by letting people from privileged as well as disadvantaged perspectives speak for themselves”…. Robin Moremen, Northern Illinois University.”

A Place for Mother
A place for mother
JoanneSeltzer

Preliminary Advice

Remember how you once went shopping

for the right nursery school

and when the teacher asked you if your child was toilet trained

you lied and said she was.

Use the same strategy

in shopping for a nursing home.

Later—when you are told

of Mother's incontinence—

you will clench your fist and shout:

“What have you done to my mother?”

More Advice

Have a daughter-to-mother talk.

Ask her what she wants.

If she doesn't know

ask her if she's happy.

She will either say

she doesn't know

or she will be silent.

Tell her how much you love her.

Promise you won't forsake her.

A Checklist

Place One has an eight-year waiting list.

Place Two has a nursing home odor.

Place Three is in a bad neighborhood.

Place Four is in another city.

Place Five won't take medicaid.

Place Six takes only terminal ...

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