From Dupont Circle Village - Jane Gross, the New York Times reporter who wrote the 2007 front-page story that put the Village Movement on the map is coming to Washington to address a joint meeting of three local Villages. A Grass Roots Effort to Grow Old at Home. Dupont Circle Village, Palisades Village and Northwest Neighbors Village are co-sponsoring a Village Book Party on May 5.
Her latest book, A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents And Ourselves, published by Knopf Books, will be released the end of April. This intimate story of how Gross cared for her aged and ailing mother offers practical, essential advice on virtually every aspect of elder care.
Drawing on her own experiences, she provides down-to-earth tips on handling common but perplexing situations faced by many children and aging parents. She gives precise recommendations about how to deal with Medicaid and Medicare and what questions to ask if considering a move to an assisted-living facility or a nursing home. Ms. Gross also includes advice like keeping an extra pair of glasses and a phone charger in your car at all times.
The nation’s growing aging segment has pushed these issues to the forefront of the national debate and is a prime motivator for the upsurge in Village formation. Ms. Gross’ astute assessment of the national health care system is particularly timely in light of current budget battles.
This event is open to Village members and their guests.
The Mansion on O Street is an accessible facility. Nibbles and soft drinks will be served. There will be a cash bar.
Ms. Gross will answer questions following her presentation and will sign copies of her book, which will be available at the meeting.