Chapter 1

Why This Book, Why Now, and Why Me

Chapter 2

Culture of Fear and Denial

Chapter 3

Aging Parents and the Good Son/Good Daughter Effect

            How Fear, Denial, and Self-Image Affect our Decisions

Chapter 4

Effie:  A Lesson in Getting it Wrong

Chapter 5

Achieving Mindful Independence:  exploring the options

The Village



Getting Creative

Chapter 6

Janet and Jan:  Mindful Independence in Action  (Spoiler Alert:  It's Not Always Pretty)

Chapter 7

No More Options:  The Nursing Home

What to Look For

What to Insist Upon

Chapter 8

Hospitalization:  Understanding What Motivates our Physicians

Chapter 9

Approaching the End of the Race

        Living Wills, Advance Directives, Advocating

Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care

Assisted Suicide

Chapter 10

The Good Death:  What Does it Even Mean?