Book Review: The Ombudsman by Joel B. Geffen

Release Date: June 20, 2016
Publisher: SAGE press
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256 pages
Genre: Fiction
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Seventy-four year old Al Pregurson had a great career as a newspaper journalist and a forty-eight-year love affair with his wife. Now that he is retired and his wife dead, where does he fit in with a fast-paced, ageist society? Al's optimism and self-confidence had always been his strengths, but what lies ahead on his quest to find his place in the world will shake him to his core and challenge the self-image he always believed was indestructible.

What unforeseen events could make such a man question his worth and decimate his self-esteem so deeply as to make him feel irrelevant?


This book is a great reminder that we are all getting older and that just because we are older doesn't mean we are irrelevant.  With a tender yet direct tone Geffen shares with us the scary side of aging. How the elderly are often taken for granted, thought of as a burden and taken advantage of. But this isn't a book of despair its a book of hope and one that shows that no matter what our age we have something of value to offer.

Al Pregurson may be seventy-four but he isn't done living.  He finds new purposed in becoming an Ombudsman helping the elderly.  There is a lot of interesting information in this book especially when it comes to Alzheimers and long term care facilities. This book was well researched and well written.  I highly recommend it.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.