'The Song of Sadie Sparrow' bucks conventional wisdom, shows nursing homes as a doorway to elderly joy
Contact: Kitty Foth-Regner, 262-786-9202
BROOKFIELD, Wis., Dec. 6, 2017 /Christian Newswire
/ -- The elderly have so very much to give, even if they're tucked safely away from "real" life, according to Kitty Foth-Regner, a nursing-home volunteer and author of a new novel underscoring this premise.
Set in a fictional five-star nursing home called The Hickories, "The Song of Sadie Sparrow" (FaithHappenings, 2017) introduces readers to a group of wonderful and wise old people, and the staffers and volunteers who love them.
"For those with a soft heart and open mind, a nursing home doesn't have to be life's dreaded last stop," Foth-Regner said. "It can instead be the doorway to meaningful friendships, unleashed creativity and unprecedented peace and joy."
"The Song of Sadie Sparrow" is a reflection of Foth-Regner's nearly two decades as a volunteer at Care-age of Brookfield, the southeastern Wisconsin nursing home where her mother lived and died.
Here, Foth-Regner has seen the same story play out time after time: A new resident complains bitterly about being "dumped" in this old-folks warehouse by ungrateful children. "This normally goes on for a week or two," she said, "until she begins making friends and sampling the facility's amazing activities calendar, whereupon she becomes an ardent promoter of nursing-home life."
That's precisely what happens with Sadie Sparrow, the 86-year-old protagonist of Foth-Regner's novel. Within weeks of being installed in The Hickories, she has befriended a coterie of fellow residents, several staff members and a young volunteer who leads a tiny Bible study. In fact, Sadie soon feels closer to these new friends than she does to her oh-so-busy daughter.
Although these characters differ dramatically in everything from age and worldview to sorrows and hopes, the bonds they form with each other are unbreakable – and quite possibly eternal.
"The Song of Sadie Sparrow" is available at online retailers, including Amazon
, and in quantity direct from the author. For details and to read an excerpt, visit her website