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Back Pain and Aging Seem to go Hand in Hand

Sooner or later the vast majority of us will encounter some form of back pain.  Back pain as we age just seems to be a normal thing.  Considering the things we ask our backs to do through our lives it should come as no surprise, it could be something more.

The purpose of this most recent book on back pain was to help us understand just where the back pain was coming from so that it could be managed in the correct manner.

Here is just a portion of that books introduction:

The important issue is recognizing just what that pain is a result of.  If it is a serious degenerative disease or the result of some severe stress on your spine, the sooner you recognize it and address it the better your chances of either repairing the damage or putting into action management tools address it and prevent further more depilating pain.  This book is intended to provide you with the knowledge and information that will allow you to make an informed choice or decision about how to address the pain you are either experiencing now or may in the future.  Please note that we said “recognize,” not diagnose which should only be done by your doctor.  Self-diagnosis is usually more damaging than helpful.

If you or someone you know is suffering from Back Pain you can get a copy of the book here


Soon to be released- The Hardest Conversation

As I am writing my newest book, I continue to ponder the importance of it to not only Adults with Aging Parents but the parents themselves.

The title of the new book is:

The Hardest Conversation  – Helping Aging Parents

I am of course writing it from my perspective as the aging parent, but I want to ensure that while I share my concerns, about the inevitable “conversation,” that the feelings of my children are also address.  This will not be a good time for either, and my goal with this book is to make it as painless and stressless as possible.

So to that end, I thought I would share with you the Chapter Headings and to ask if I am missing any critical pieces.



  1. Timing the Talk
  2. Tell me Why Not What
  3. Speak to me, not at me
  4. Wishes, Wants, and Reality
  5. Stress Times Two
  6. Whose needs are being met
  7. Physical and Psychological are different
  8. What the future holds and how your parent’s health stacks up
  9. Mental process changes
  10. Give me Options Not Opinions
  11. Easing me in not out
  12. Whew, that’s done – now what?
  13. What we decided, what we agreed, what’s left?

If you are of a mind, please provide me your feedback on the topics I have chosen and let me know what your think.  You can do so in the comments or on Twitter @koyamaRuth

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Are you wondering about Aging in Place

Aging in Place is the current term for getting old at home.  But, if you were to do a search online you won’t find much that will actually give you any idea how to do that. Sure, there are Doctors, nurses and resource sites all over the web.  The problem is they don’t provide you with any concrete guidelines that will prepare you for aging at home.  That what my newly revised book intends to fix. It is a roadmap, a how to, or what to do if you in fact do want to age at home.

I just finished having it edited and while I am putting the finishing touches on it why don’t you take a look at the new cover for AGING SAFELY AT HOME, NOT IN A HOME  and let me know what you think of it.  In the next post, I will share the table comments and you can let me know if you think I have missed something you want to know.

Many people have written about “aging gracefully”, being a senior myself I am more concerned about “aging safely” and that is why it is the title of my new book. If we are safe and allowed to do so at home, then it is much easier to accept age and doing so gracefully.



Example of Aging Safely At Home Contents

This book examines the challenges of remaining in your home as you age.  These include mobility, vision, memory, hearing, and many more that you may not have associated with living independently as you age.

We discuss ways to overcome any of those that may be a hindrance to enabling you to stay in your home.

We also explore the options available to ensure that none of these take away your ability to remain in the home of your choosing.

We review and study the many choices available to conquer the biggest concern loved ones have about you staying in your home. Safety!

Finally, we provide a comprehensive checklist you can use to prepare your home for the long term.

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