The Dwindling--A Daughter's Caregiving Journey to the Edge of Life
The news these days has portents of doom about the grey tsunami. Is the demographic flip to more oldsters than youngsters in the population a reality we’ll all adjust to, or a looming disaster?
Janet Dunnett, who hails from Qualicum Beach, (the oldest mean age in Canada at 63.9 years compared to a national median of 40.6 and a Calgary median of 36.4 years) sees challenges of course. But she insists that many are of the kind that could make our society stronger. Like boomers participating in caregiving for their parents, for example. That’s what she did, for the first decade of this century, along with 13 million other Canadians, one in four of us, as a matter of fact. She did this with her identical twin sister Judi Gunter of Calgary.
Then Janet wrote a book about it. She calls the book, “The Dwindling,” which is a face-the-facts word often used by the medical community to describe the period of frailty in the last chapter of life. She adds a subtitle, A Daughter’s Caregiving Journey to the Edge of Life.