We Need to Talk About Mum & Dad
By Jean Kittson
Macmillan Australia, $34.99
Using her comedic wit, Jean Kittson takes the edge off the difficult issues families face in dealing with ageing parents. She covers living arrangements and whether your parents are suited to a retirement home, nursing home or granny flat, as well as government benefits, medical emergencies, tough discussions with siblings, living wills and other legalities.
Kittson shares her own family stories (including caring for her own 90-something parents), and those of friends. They are illustrated with cartoons from her husband, the cartoonist Patrick Cook.