Feed­ing Mrs. Moskowitz and the Caregiver

Bar­bara Pokras and Fran Pokras Yariv
  • Review
By – August 25, 2011
This book is com­prised of two sto­ries about car­ing for the elder­ly in today’s world. In the first sto­ry, Feed­ing Mrs. Moskowitz,” a young sin­gle woman named Natal­ie has an acci­den­tal encounter (lit­er­al­ly!) with Golde Moskowitz, an elder­ly wid­ow who lives alone. This tale explores the grad­ual
progress of the two women’s rela­tion­ship and the rea­sons why they need each oth­er. Despite real­is­tic details and explo­ration of feel­ings this sto­ry has a sweet fairy tale qual­i­ty.
 In the sec­ond sto­ry, The Care­giv­er,” we read about the pro­fes­sion­al life of Ofe­lia, a Cer­ti­fied Nurs­ing Assis­tant at Sun­set Hills, an assist­ed care facil­i­ty. Ofe­lia was hired by Ms. Breur-Gor­don to care for her moth­er, Mrs. Breur. While tak­ing care of this qui­et elder­ly woman Ofe­lia has much oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn about every­thing that goes on with the man­age­ment, staff, and inhab­i­tants. The read­er gains insight into how the elder­ly are treat­ed, and some­times mis­treat­ed at such a facil­i­ty and about rela­tion­ships between the elder­ly and their peers and with their care­tak­ers. Both sto­ries are sim­ply writ­ten, but offer any age read­er much to think about and discuss.
Miri­am Brad­man Abra­hams is a Cuban-born, Brook­lyn-raised, Long Island-resid­ing mom. She is Hadas­sah Nas­sau’s One Region One Book chair­la­dy, a free­lance essay­ist, and a cer­ti­fied yoga instruc­tor who has loved review­ing books for the JBC for the past ten years.

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