Joan’s Elder Care Guide – Reviewer’s Choice: Midwest Book Review, May 2017

“Joan’s Elder Care Guide – Reviewer’s Choice: Midwest Book Review, May 2017″ by Joan Y. Edwards

Thank you to Shawn Simon for reviewing Joan’s Elder Care Guide and to Midwest Book Review for putting her five-star out of 5 stars rating review in the May, 2017 Issue of Reviewer’s Bookwatch in the Reviewer’s Choice area.

Midwest Book Review, Reviewer’s Bookwatch, May 2017.

Reviewer’s Choice

Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive
Joan Y. Edwards
4RV Publishing
2912 Rankin Terrace, Edmond, Oklahoma 73013
9781940310398, PB, $15.99, Page Count 176 pages,
9781940310404, HC, $19.99, Page Count 176 pages,

Shawn Simon, Reviewer

Copyright 2016 Aidana Willow-Raven and 4RV Publishing

Five Stars on a scale of 1-5

Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive, by Joan Y Edwards, is a comprehensive handbook for those who are taking care of or may need to take care of an elderly person. So often when one becomes a caregiver to a parent or other relative, they are not at all prepared for the job at hand. Being unprepared can cause stress to the caregiver and to the person being cared for.

With Joan’s handbook, this stress, frustration, and exhaustion can be relieved. There is advice for how to handle emotions that are sure to arise and for making sure to provide social outlets for your elder, and so much more. From first deciding the best location for your loved one to the end of life discussions, this book has it all. The book even provides checklists to use and a whole host of resources!

Of essential importance, is making sure your own needs are met. We often forget to care for ourselves when we are caring for a loved one. However we are no good to them, if we are not good to ourselves. What is sometimes difficult to think about are the financial issues to consider after your loved one has passed. Joan’s book discusses how to best handle wills, trusts, estates, and more. There is even a section on grieving our loved one.

I especially love the anecdotal stories she shares about her time caring for her feisty, witty elderly mother. Her experiences are what prompted her to write this book. She realized how much she needed to consider before deciding to provide full-time care for her mother. There did not seem to be a comprehensive guide to help her, so she decided to write her own. This is a book everyone should have if they may ever need to care for an elderly person. Joan Y Edwards has thought of everything!”

Read complete review at Midwest Book Review website:
(If you go to the link, my book is about the 12th one. They are not numbered.)


Shawn Simon is author of soon to be released, Stepping into a New Role, Stories from Stepmoms with 4RV Publishing: website: http://stepmomshawn.comStepmom Shawn/Facebook Page

GIVEAWAY: To celebrate this, I’m going to give a free paperback copy of Joan’s Elder Care Guide to a caregiver and to someone who leaves a comment between May 13th and May 22nd. If you know of a caregiver you believe would like a copy of my book, please say so in the comment area. will choose the winner. I would appreciate it if they would review it on Amazon. That helps others know that it’s a good buy and worthy use of time in reading it.

If you haven’t reviewed my book yet and would be willing to do so, I will send you a review copy. Just let me know in the comment area and/or send me a note with your snail mail address to


Never Give Up
Live with Enthusiasm
Celebrate Each Step You Take

Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2017 Joan Y. Edwards


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8 Responses

  1. What a great review of your elder care guide. i love that you posted this for Mother’s Day. I don’t know a caregiver to recommend your book to at this time. I’m sure there are plenty out there who could benefit.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dear Linda,
      Thank you. I am very thankful for Shawn’s review of Joan’s Elder Care Guide. Thanks for saying you believe there are many caregivers who would benefit from reading my book.

      Celebrate your compassion for others
      Never Give Up


  2. Best of luck with your book, Joan. It’s wonderful that you’ve taken the time to write it. I wish I had a copy of it when I looked after my mum at the end. Like yours, she was feisty and witty… with a generous sprinkle of stubborn.

    I’d be happy to review the book.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dear Melanie,
      We are both lucky because we both had witty and feisty Mothers. Thanks for saying you’ll review it for me. I greatly appreciate it.

      Celebrate your willingness to help others
      Never Give Up


  3. Congratulations, Joan. Here’s to many more 5 star reviews.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dear Sarah,
      Thanks for writing and sending your wishes that I receive many more five star reviews!

      Celebrate your interest in other people
      Never Give Up


  4. I’m so happy the review posted! Yay! It was my pleasure to review your needed, helpful book. The 5-stars are warranted. 🙂


    • Dear Shawn,
      Thank you for believing in Joan’s Elder Care Guide and saying it is a much needed, helpful book!

      Never Give Up


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