Parents With Marbles: What the critics are saying

A Must-Have Survival Guide when your Parents are Older!

From Author and Person Development Coach

Nathan P. Mercer, 2015


Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles: A Survival Guide for the Kids by Pamela Carey is one of those books that you don't know you need until you need it. When your parents become older, the children have to make difficult decisions.  These could include moving them out of a home that they have owned for decades, selecting nursing homes and in-home care, and when it is time to "let them go" if that is what they decide. Instead of having to learn what to do at the time you need to make a decision, it might be better to read about someone else's trials, errors, and learning moments. Carey has beautifully broken down her experiences into 49 "rules" for people to consider along with her experiences with her parents that caused her to develop the rules in the first place. I found this book to be an easy read and full of insights. My parents are getting to the age that some of these rules might come into play. I plan on sharing this book with my brother so that we can put together a "game plan" and be on the same pages with our decisions.  Thank you, Pamela, for sharing your experiences in this great "survival guide!"

From Barry Fain

Herald News (Fall River, Mass.) August 23, 2014


The book offers some 49 “rules” on how to deal with aging seniors. Her tone is witty but thoughtful and some of the examples she has accumulated, many from her own experience, are often quite humorous. The book then concludes with a useful section of practical hands-on resource information. The result is a slim “how to” book that somehow manages to combine the poignant, the practical and the priceless.

From Helen Wolt

The Sun Sentinel (Delray Beach, Fla.) July 23, 2014


In Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles, (Pamela) Carey chronicles with humor the trials and triumphs of tending to aging parents. She only hopes her children read it before she is 'making bizarre noises' and stashing restaurant leftovers in her pockets...."

From Ron Hayes

The Coastal Star (Highland Beach and Boca Raton, Fla.)

August 2014


In her 2009 memoir, Minor League Mom, Pamela Carey shared the humor she found among the home runs and foul balls after her sons, Tim and Todd, joined a Boston Red Sox farm team back in the 1990s. Now she’s back with a humorous look at the other end of life’s game. In Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles: A Survival Guide for the Kids, Carey offers 49 “essential points” for the adult children of aging parents. And again she finds the humor amid the heartbreak.


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