Counting on Kindness and What’s Worth Knowing, as well as co-author of Taking Care of Aging Family Members


Lectures and presentations on aging, caregiving, end-of-life issues, and changing the culture of aging.




            Hidden in Plain Sight
2008 Silver Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards
A guide for understanding how a sorrow in your grandparent's childhood may have affected the way your mother or father was parented, and this in turn affected the way you were parented. This book by Barry Grosskopf, MD shows how to keep from repeating family patterns over the generations (previously published in hardcover as Forgive Your Parents, Heal Yourself and in paperback as Healing the Generations).


Barry and Wendy are available to present a day-long workshop on issues related to Barry’s book. A two-hour recording of excerpts from their workshop is available for purchase through this web site. Click on the order form below.



Wendy Lustbader, MSW, is the author of several books and essays that have earned her a national reputation in the field of aging. She is also a popular speaker at conferences throughout the United States and Canada, using storytelling to animate complex subjects. Additionally, she is a skilled psychotherapist, having worked almost twenty years with people from all walks of life at a community clinic in downtown Seattle. Equally passionate as a writer, teacher, and therapist, Wendy brings a social worker’s lived experience to her writing, teaching, and service to older people. Currently, she is an Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work in Seattle.


Wendy’s publications include two videos. A Prescription for Caregivers shows caregivers and those who assist them how to make life better for the giver and receiver of care. In her other video, Kind Hands, front-line workers learn how to respond to grief and vulnerability.


Wendy’s first book was co-authored with Nancy Hooyman, Taking Care of Aging Family Members. This is a practical guide to caregiving, with a detailed index to help readers find exactly what they need. Her second book, Counting on Kindness, helps readers to comprehend the complex and often unspeakable feelings which arise when we become dependent on others for help. Her third book, What’s Worth Knowing, offers a collection of pithy insights gathered from older people. Her newest book, Life Gets Better, explores how life improves as we get older, on every level except the physical.





Books and videos by Wendy Lustbader and Dr. Barry Grosskopf can be obtained by clicking on the Order Form, printing it out, and sending your check by old-fashioned mail. Credit-card ordering and e-mail are not available at this site, but letters are much appreciated at the address below.

Wendy Lustbader
P.O. Box 13487
Burton, WA 98013-0487

Phone: 206-985-5400


Fax: 206-463-3585


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