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What's worth knowing
Lustbader, Wendy.
Publication Information:
New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, [2001]

Physical Description:
243 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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One of Lustbader's earliest professional social work assignments was to take down the histories of elderly people in a nursing home. This collection of colorful testimonials speak on love, truth, grief, faith, happiness, fulfillment, and death by people in their 70s, 80s, and 90s. Photos.

Author Notes

Wendy Lustbader is a nationally known keynote speaker and expert media commentator on aging. The author of Counting on Kindness and Taking Care of Aging Family Members, she serves on the board of Generations, a quarterly journal published by the American Society on Aging. Lustbader has a master's degree in social work with a concentration in aging studies, and is an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work and a mental health counselor at Seattle's Pike Market Medical Clinic. She lives in Seattle

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Booklist Review

Over some two decades as a geriatric social worker, Lustbader spent hours talking with her clients; she jotted her recollections of those conversations in her journal. The vignettes she offers here are distillations of what those older people felt was important. Some vignettes include a photo of the subject, whose real name is used; others, without a photo, are identified by a pseudonym because they had requested anonymity or had died and Lustbader could not locate relatives. Lustbader groups the vignettes into 11 chapters: on living well, people, time, spirituality, marriage, being blue, work, illness and frailty, good conduct, regret, and later life. There is plenty of wisdom in the recollections gathered here, as well as some sadness, a good deal of wit, and a solid sense of authenticity. An obvious choice for fans of Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie (1997), this book just might stimulate readers to follow in Lustbader's footsteps, "asking older people what they have learned from experience, [as] an act of respect." --Mary Carroll

Publisher's Weekly Review

As a young geriatric social worker, one of Wendy Lustbader's first assignments was to gather colorful profiles of every patient in the nursing home where she worked. In a collection reminiscent of Tuesdays with Morrie, she has distilled her best profiles into What's Worth Knowing, a ripe collection of wisdom from vivacious men and women who offer the kind of insight made possible only by experience and by the clarity that can strike people near the end of their lives. Agent, Joel Fishman. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
On Living Wellp. 9
On Peoplep. 31
On Timep. 53
On Spiritualityp. 73
On Marriagep. 93
On Being Bluep. 117
On Workp. 137
On Illness and Frailtyp. 153
On Good Conductp. 173
On Regretp. 197
On Later Lifep. 215