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Just to let you know I got some good feed back on your book at our Stephen Minister’s meeting last night. Two people mentioned that they had learned so much about their care-receiver at their recent funerals and wished they had had your book and asked them some of the questions before they passed. Also another lady said your book will be going on her coffee table on Thanksgiving in hopes that her family will ask her some of the questions!
We hope you, John and your spunky mother are all doing well.
We are happy to report that a number of volunteer organizations have written grants to cover the cost of ordering a copy of If Only You Would Ask for all of their volunteers. This book makes a great gift for anyone who spends time with the elderly. Substantial discounts are available for orders of over 50 books. The more you order, the greater the discount!
Contact Joan Bachman at email@example.com or 507-358-5792 for details.
Join Eileen and Joan for their session during our Third Annual National Caregiving Conference:
If Only You Would Ask: A Guide to Spending Quality Time with the Elderly on Friday at 5 p.m.
When visiting or caring for an elderly relative or friend, are you often at a loss for what to talk about? After the initial pleasantries, do the minutes/hours drag on? You may very well love this person, but find yourself struggling to carry on a conversation. Moments of silence seem endless. If Only You Would Ask: A Guide to Spending Quality Time with the Elderly transforms this situation!
Five years in the making, If Only You Would Ask is a conversational manual, a resource, and a tool for those who spend time with and care for the elderly. No longer will you find yourself struggling to think of something interesting to talk about. With 42 topics and over 400 questions, If Only You Would Ask provides a framework for tapping into memories that may not have been thought about or talked about for years. You and the person you are visiting care for will both enjoy your time together. In fact, you will look forward to your next get together. conversation.
Everyone has stories to share, if only we ask the right questions! For more information visit our website at www.ifonlyyouwouldask.com.
To learn more about Joan, watch our video discussion about finding our best, which aired as part for our Virtual Caregiving Summit in May.
We are so grateful to the following sponsors for making our conference possible:
We enjoyed a wonderful day at Barnes and Noble talking about our book! Awards for farthest distance traveled to get a signed copy go to Kieu Vu from Madison, Wisconsin, Margaret Prugh from Ham Lake and Janewit Wangboonsin from Minneapolis! We so appreciated everyone who stopped by to offer support and good wishes!
I'm pleased to announce that If Only You Would Ask will be featured this coming weekend, Saturday, May 5th, at Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Rochester! We'll be there ready to sign books between 11:00 and 3:00! Could be the perfect Mother's Day Gift! Hope to see a crowd!!
Eileen was a featured author at the Tucson Book Fair in March. Wheatmark Publishers has a booth at the fair and published authors are invited to promote their books. Attended by thousands of book lovers, it was an opportunity to spread the word about If Only You Would Ask. Special thanks to family friend Marilyn Mosio Grass who was Eileen's #1 promotional assistant!
I'm happy to report that Mayo Clinic Radio will be broadcasting our interview regarding If Only You Would Ask tomorrow morning, Saturday, February 10th! You can hear it locally on KROC-AM between 9:00-10 a.m. Central Time. Other Mayo Clinic Radio affiliates, which carry the program at various times can be found at https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/affiliates/
According to Jen O'Hara, Producer Mayo Clinic Radio, our You Tube video was their MOST WATCHED last month!!
And, here’s the link to the You Tube video just in case you haven't seen it! https://youtu.be/Wfxz-ZV1YIU
Thanks for all the great support. We appreciate you spreading the word about our book. Joan and Eileen
I received the following message today from a Rochester friend, Brad Currier. His experience using If Only You Would Ask with his Mom suggests another valuable way to use the book.
Thank you for your great book! I just got off the phone with my 101 year old mom after our best conversation in years! We spent over 30 minutes talking about her grade school years. I learned that there were bullies “but they never bothered me because my 4 brothers would have killed them!” I also learned that her favorite song was “There’s a rainbow around my shoulders.” I only knew 2 lines and I sang them all the time -that is until my brothers told me to shut up ‘cause I was driving them crazy! The second line was the sky is blue above.” It was amazing how she seemed to get progressively more engaged. Her hearing and processing got better and better throughout the call and she genuinely thanked me for the call when we said good bye. Joan, you and your Mom are brilliant! I love talking with her but her failing memory gave us little to talk about- until now! Thanks again! Brad Currier