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Holding the Net – Caring for My Mother on the Tightrope of Aging

CommunityCare of Lyme is excited to host a book reading and discussion with Author Melanie Merriman. A longtime colleague and dear friend of Martha Tecca’s, Melanie brings wisdom, compassion and a lovely wit to everything she does. Please join us for a warm, enlightening, and uplifting conversation. Refreshments will be served. Though the official release of Holding the Net will be in November, we will have some pre-release copies available for Melanie to sign.

Please let us know if you will join us, so we can plan refreshments. Give us a call at 603-795-0603 or submit the form at the bottom of this listing.

About the book

In this poignant and timely memoir, Melanie Merriman shares her struggle to care for her fiercely independent aging mother. When her father dies, Melanie commits herself to making the rest of her mother’s life the best it can be. She brings knowledge to the situation―as a hospice consultant, she has studied aging, illness, and the intricacies of the healthcare system―and she has a sister who is willing to help. But even with these advantages, Melanie finds the real-life experience of caring for her mother humbling. Every decision becomes a tug of war, with Mom on one side, fighting for her independence, and the two sisters on the other, trying to keep her safe. A win for either side suddenly feels like a loss for all.

Written for people who have cared for a parent, are currently facing that challenge, or are aging parents themselves, Holding the Net offers practical details about the effects of aging on the body and mind, living arrangements for older people, health care decisions, and surviving rehab. It also challenges the notion that anyone can be an expert when it comes to caring for an aging parent, and encourages us to simply do our best. Melanie hits all the right notes, and her story will have readers nodding their heads and shedding healing tears.

About the author

Melanie Merriman

Melanie P. Merriman, PhD has spent much of her life as a research scientist, hospice consultant, and foundation grant evaluator—driven by a passion to illuminate, understand, and find meaning. Now she writes with the same purpose. Holding the Net is her debut as a solo author. She is also the co-author of Merriman’s Hawai‘i: The Chef, the Farmers, the Food, the Islands, a cookbook with stories about chef Peter Merriman. Melanie and her husband Klein Merriman split their time between South Florida and Cape Cod, MA.