Mother-Daughter Memoir Depicts Teen Rage, Holistic Medicine, Skilled Nursing Care

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In MY MOTHER'S HOUSE, A Memoir, Alexa Wolf writes of a mother and daughter who, over half a century, face a series of emotional, psychological and health crises that culminate in the elder abuse endemic to the long-term, nursing care system. In her memoir, coping with her grief, Wolf reveals the tragic mistakes she made and knowledge she gained when trying desperately to save her mother from that critically broken branch of the health care system.

Throughout the country, the neglect and abuse Wolf's mother endured afflicts countless numbers of other hospitalized seniors as well as myriad people who require long-term health care due to illness or accident. In addition, the tens of millions of the "baby boomers" who currently care for elderly parents themselves constitute the next generation to face nursing care hospitals.

Michael Connors, of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), calls Wolf's book "very moving." He adds, "Unfortunately ... (on) a daily basis we hear heartbreaking tales of neglect and abuse ..."

An especially ironic twist to Wolf's story is that her had mother combined holistic and conventional medicine to cure herself of terminal cancer only to fall prey, a quarter of a century later -- all tumors long since dissolved -- to the terminal conditions of the health care system.

About the Author
Alexa Wolf won first place in a poetry contest for her age group (12) and a fellowship to the MacDowell Colony; has written for the L.A. WEEKLY, PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES and THE NEW YORK NATIVE; and has appeared on THE TODAY SHOW, OPRAH! and elsewhere. This is her first book.

MY MOTHER'S HOUSE, A Memoir (ISBN 0-7414-3520-9) by Alexa Wolf was recently released by Infinity Publishing and is currently available at


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