#AuthorInTheSpotlight Deborah Stone : The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People @DeborahStone_ @lovebookstours

Today Deborah Stone is my Author in the Spotlight. Her book about caring for older people sounds like it is full of invaluable advice and I do hope to read it at some point.

Thanks for joining me Deborah. First of all, would you tell my blog readers a little about yourself?

I live in North London with my husband, two sons and gorgeous Golden Retriever, George. I read English Literature and Language at Durham University and am a leading expert in the field of elder care. Through my website, www.maturethinking.co.uk, I provide information and advice for families caring for older people, as well as advisnig companies on the effective development of products and services for older people. I host regular seminars and clinics for company staff juggling work, family life and care responsibilities and I appear regularly on TV and radio and contributes to many national newspapers. My debut novel, What’s Left Unsaid was published in 2018.

What inspired you to start writing?

I have always wanted to write, but with a career and two children, I started late. Once the boys went to university, I decided it was time to devote myself more to writing, otherwise I would never do it!

Tell me about your journey to publication

I wanted to help other families avoid some of the stress I went through looking after my father, who suffered from dementia for over eight years before he died. I also care for my mother, who has multiple health problems and is currently 85. I found it so hard to find the right information and help, so I wanted to write a book which enables everyone to do just that.

In a nutshell, what is your latest book about?

The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People is the ultimate source of information and help for families with care responsibilities. I draw on my extensive experience working in elder care to offer practical advice on every aspect of the field in-depth.

Topics range from how to get help immediately, legal information, care funding options, a guide to useful technology and advice on the main physical and mental health issues that affect older people. Plus guidance is given on dealing with social services and ensuring you choose the right care for your situations. Crucially, the book also offers help on how to cope as a carer with practical advice on juggling family, work and your caring responsibilities while looking after yourself.

How did you come up with the title for your book?

I wanted the book to explain exactly what it did, hence: The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People

How did you celebrate publication day?

I had dinner with my husband and two sons, which was especially nice, as my husband has been quite ill following a major operation and it was the first time we had been able to go out.

Do you have a work in progress just now?

Yes, I have just finished a new novel. It is a romance set in the 1980s, called Starcrossed.

What’s your favourite book you’ve read in the past few months?

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

What are you reading just now?

The Man in the Red Coat by Julian Barnes

If you were on Desert Island Discs, what one book would you take with you?

Solomon Gursky Was Here by Mordecai Richler

Is there a book you’d like to see made into a film? Who would be in your dream cast?

Ideally my novel, What’s Left Unsaid! Would have to think about the casting for a while!

How can people follow you or connect with you on social media?

https://www.facebook.com/deborahstoneauthor

Twitter @DeborahStone_

https://www.linkedin.com/in/deborahstone/

And finally, if you could be a character in any book you have read, who would it be and why?

Probably Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, because she is so wise. And witty.

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Thanks to the author for answering my questions and to Kelly from Love Books Tours for the opportunity to take part in the tour. The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People is available now and you can order your copy by clicking here.

From the back of the book

No one wants to think about getting older. It’s true. At any age, when things are moving along normally day to day and everyone seems fit and well, there seems no reason to think about future problems that your friends and relatives might (and probably will) come across as they age. In fact, it might even seem a little morbid to think such thoughts, or possibly even tempting fate?

Yet there will come a time when you must raise these issues and, ideally, this should be before any problems arise. The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People is the ultimate source of information and help for families with care responsibilities. Deborah Stone draws on her extensive experience working in elder care to offer practical advice on every aspect of the field indepth.

Topics range from how to get help immediately, legal information, care funding options, a guide to useful technology and advice on the main physical and mental health issues that affect older people. Plus guidance is given on dealing with social services and ensuring you choose the right care for your situations. Crucially, the book also offers help on how to cope as a carer with practical advice on juggling family, work and your caring responsibilities while looking after yourself.  


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