Who benefits from Facing the Finish?
Anyone who wants to be prepared in the event of the loss or destruction of their personal records and property can benefit from Facing the Finish.
Our solutions are most in demand by those undergoing life-changing transitions:
- CHILDREN OF AGING PARENTS
- AGING PARENTS OF DISABLED CHILDREN
- PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES/EXECUTORS & TRUSTEES
- ANYONE WITH SIGNIFICANT MEDICAL BILLS
- THOSE SUFFERING FROM A SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION OR DISABILITY
Family caregiving is a life stage, often called "the other midlife crisis." Since I myself am an Adult Child (and not yet and Older Adult), I do tend to empathize with my own generation's struggle with this reality. However, as a life transition coach, I spend a lot of my time working with Older Adults and have grown to see things much more clearly from their vantage point.
This book was born to fill a specific need, to create a foundation for dialogue between the two generations. It seems that the many other books out there are either from the vantage point of the Adult Child or directed at family caregivers in a general way. When clients would ask me to recommend a book that would guide them in preparing for their future (as either an Older adult or Adult Child) in a way that treated both generations with equal time and equal respect, I couldn't find one. My clients asked me to write it, and so I have.
As you will see as you dive in, this book is not meant to be an encyclopedic guide to aging or caregiving. there are many other sources for that. At the same time, it is not merely a series of stories about the struggles of growing older or caring for your parents. Rather, I have incorporated real-life examples to illustrate the challenges and opportunities along with conversation starters, tips, and tricks from the field. The book is designed to be read as a whole, but each chapter stands on its own, so if you want to jump in to a particular section, you will be able to. I also anticipate that you will return to certain sections over time as things change in your real-life situation.
The one point I make over and over again is the importance of planning. I advocate creating a Life Transition Plan and include an appendix covering everything that should be included. There's a companion workbook available as well.
A guide for aging parents and adult children to navigating later life’s transitions
“Nobody gets out of life without dying. If we could beat the house on this bet, we would, but the house always wins, so we have a choice. We can close our eyes to the advancing changes coming our way and just react when the inevitable happens, or we can plan … to be as ready as we can be for what is headed our way.”
Written both to older adults facing the end of their years and the adult children who will care for them, Facing the Finish is loaded with tips and tricks for creating a dialogue between the two generations and handling the many decisions and details that can become overwhelming. While this is not planning that most people enjoy, leaving without a plan is much worse. That’s why family caregiving is often called “the other midlife crisis.”
Author Sheri Samotin is here to help. She covers everything from emotional considerations – accepting that the end is near or managing family dynamics – to practical matters about which documents to find or create and how to store them for when they’re needed.
"This comprehensive book gives those approaching retirement and their families a way to cope with difficult transitions and live without worry. As an individual with aging issues around the corner, I'm grateful for Sheri's superb advice to make the last half of my life easier on myself and family members." - Bonnie Michaels, President of Managing Work & Family, Inc.
"Sheri has a unique perspective--she's both caring and practical--which means she's able to manage the emotions around the difficult decisions we face as our parents grow old. In her book, she boils down what feel like overwhelming problems into doable tasks for both adult children and aging parents. I recommend "Facing the Finish" for all of us, as we all face our parent's last years and plan how we'll cross our own finish line."
- Denise M. Brown, Founder, CareGiving.com
"When you read Facing the Finish you will feel like Sheri has become your family's experienced guide helping you avoid that other "midlife crisis". An important theme in the book is to not only have a transition plan but to have conversations about your plan with your trusted advisors, family and friends."
- Renee Porter-Medley, CFP®
"Ms. Samotin brings her wealth of knowledge and experience in helping Older Adults and their Adult Children deal with the challenges of aging. With these insights Samotin provides many real life examples to illustrate her points, which help to personalize the lessons. I believe that all persons, whether Older Adults or Adult Children, can get a great deal of benefit from this book."
- Jim Blankenship, Getting Your Financial Ducks in a Row
"Recently, my sister, who was visiting our 86 year old dad, texted me that dad was in the hospital and wasn't going to be able to return to living alone. I flew to see dad and took your book with me to review on the plane. Facing the Finish was instrumental in helping me keep my head. I gave the book to my sister, as I know she'll benefit from it for the future with our dad." - Alison Salisbury, Daily Money Manager, Fiscally Fit.
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"Elements of a
Life Transition Plan"
Including a list of all of the items that should be included in the “owner’s manual” for your life – your Life Transition Plan.
Sheri Samotin is the founder of LifeBridge Solutions, LLC. She has worked with hundreds of families, helping Older Adults and their Adult Children deal with the challenges of aging. Sheri is a licensed professional fiduciary, National Certified Guardian, certified Professional Daily Money Manager, and Certified Professional Coach. She earned a degree in economics from Wesleyan University and went on to gain a master of business administration (MBA) from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Sheri is a prolific writer and sought-after speaker on topics related to navigating life's transitions.
A well written and helpful book for older adults and their children.
Everyone should read this book. A terrific workbook is also available to chart your progress.
She urges readers to consider financial resources early – whether to set aside savings, purchase long-term care insurance, or plan for accessing public benefits. She also lays out different options for housing, helps readers weed through the fine print of Medicare, and offers strategies for both caregiving and caregetting. Real-life cases help illustrate each point. And if this all seems too overwhelming, Samotin helps you consider when it’s best to hire professional help.
Finally, Samotin provides you with a detailed approach to develop your Life Transition Plan. You don’t have to be alone in making end-of-life decisions. Samotin’s road map will serve as your navigator each step of the way.