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They consume a lot of wine and whisky and enjoy life. He is happily surprised. I felt myself get all hot and bothered. And some of their ideas ARE bright and inventive.
The "Club" gets up to all sorts of things. Hendrik was not a fan of aids and equipment, from incontinence pads to mobility scooters, but as he sees what others are dealing with and how much fun the scooters are , he does learn to adapt and look forward. After all, if he wants to get out and about.
They are not all genteel by any means, and some have quite "direct" language, but nothing offensive except to those pernickety old residents who deserved to be offended! The Canta mobility vehicle. His best friend is the mischievous troublemaker Evert — between the two of them the fish in the aquarium are destined to live a short life; the stuffy boss of the home is determined to discover the culprits but Evert and Hendrik think themselves safe.
When one of the residents passes away, the room is taken by Eefje. She is a quiet, thoughtful woman — and Hendrik is smitten. As we move through the day by day diary entries of Hendrik, we learn about the Old But Not Dead Club which he formed — the activities and antics, day trips and support which the members offer each other. There is heartache and tragedy, laughter and fun, all of which makes the days so much better than the usual monotony of sitting gazing out the windows.
The envy of the other residents is obvious Hendrik Groen is a grumpy, cynical old man, determined not to go quietly — the laugh out loud anecdotes had me chuckling right from the very start. A year in the life of an elderly nursing home resident — how could it possibly be of interest you'd think?
With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy to read in exchange for an honest review. View all 8 comments. Full disclosure: I love the Netherlands. This is a somewhat honest account, written by an year-old man or not ; his reflections on residing in a nursing home in Amsterdam. This country has some of the most progressive inclinations of any modern-day society.
It is also an inclusive place where people of all colors and beliefs reside peacefully, for the most part. It is a land of incongruities.
The tallest people in the world walk daily on the smallest sidewalks while it is usually drizzling rain Full disclosure: The tallest people in the world walk daily on the smallest sidewalks while it is usually drizzling rain. Cheese stores galore for a mostly fit population.
Delftware, the Rhine, bicycles, museums, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, coffee shops way better than Starbucks , euthanasia, wooden clogs, illuminated districts, canals and…Hendrik Groen. With little to do, other than survive, and possibly chatting up a hot old babe while dining or playing Klaverjassen, a Dutch card game, Hendrik chose to become a diarist.
From sandbox to sandbox, children we remain. If I were to offer a suggestion, which I seldom do, it would be to pick up this uniquely told story and chuckle throughout it while learning a thing or two in the process.
It is a sure bet, a no brainer, that it will satiate.
View all 38 comments. In the north Amsterdam Care home lives Hendricks. He reminds me of a mischievous child, one you just see as sometimes naughty but cute, cuddles and loveable because they say some awesome things on they're perception of life it makes you laugh. This is Hendricks. He also has a serious side he lays bare in his diary. He's aging. We all are aging everyday of our lives and we give it no thought.
Friendships are bonded and become so important as we get older. Very enjoyable read. View 2 comments. Another I am leaving unrated. The format is journal style, a format I usually like but frankly though there are a few funny moments, I am bored with this. An unpopulated stance going by the ratings but have learned something about myself. I seem to like books about elderly women more than those about elderly men.
Jun 14, Cynthia Schultz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tot nu toe mijn mooiste boek van Je volgt een jaar lang het dagboek van Hendrik Groen, 83, in het bejaardenhuis.
Droog, erg grappig, vertederend en verdrietig. Ik heb veel hardop gelachen om dit verhaal en op het einde veel gehuild. Dat doe ik niet vaak bij een boek. Ik vond het heerlijk. Vreselijk genoten van dit boek.
View 1 comment. He and five friends form an Old But Not Dead club and take turns planning exciting weekly outings. Much comic relief is provided by his incorrigibly tippling friend, Evert, and the arrival of Eefje even makes late-life romance a possibility for Hendrik. By the time rolls around, after all the upheaval of the year before in the wider world a new pope and archbishop; a new royal in the Netherlands; the Arab Spring - world events are nicely interwoven their number will be reduced by one.
Hendrik Groen is in a nursing home - he lives in the assisted living section. He decided to keep a journal for one year.
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He started his journal on January 1, when he was 83 years old. Seeing the world through his eyes - and the perspective of his closest friends - The Old But Not Dead Club - was a very humorous undertaking. From his mortification of his "dribbling" and leaving yellow stains in his white underpants, to the suggestion that people go to 4 stars What a wonderful old curmudgeon.
From his mortification of his "dribbling" and leaving yellow stains in his white underpants, to the suggestion that people go to the "shit clinic" and quit bothering him with their whining about their daily constipation or diarrhea stories while he is trying to take afternoon tea and cake. Hendrik is the Grampa that everyone wishes they had.
This is fiction however there is some debate and written by Groen, Hendrik Groen is an alias, and Meulenhoff is an unknown Amsterdam resident. This is the first book, to be followed up with a sequel in January Written in a diary format makes it very easy to read and devour, through your tears of laughter. Not to say that there isn't some sad parts, Alzheimers, amputation and death all make themselves known in this book. Life in an Amsterdam nursing home for the elderly - lovingly referred to as "inmates" - is not all ribbons and balloons - however Groen takes most of the aches and pains out of reading this book.
View all 12 comments. This book is one of the most touching, heart-wrenching stories that I have read in a while.
Groen resides in a state-funded nursing home in Amsterdam. Groen hilariously and poignantly chronicles daily life as an 83 year-old. When he begins writing in his diary, he has two people he counts as friends, Evert who lives in the apartment section of the home and Anja, the assistant to the Administrator of the nursing home.
The diary provides Groen an outlet for his frustrations about growing old and spurs him to make something of the life he has left. By the time the year is over, he has an entire group of friends, the Old-But-Not-Yet-Dead Club, loyal and kind individuals who work to help each other when illness or tragedy befalls a member.
Groen details how he personally and the group deals with these issues, and the support they all provide to each other. The group takes occasional day trips together organized by each member on a rotating basis. Reading about their various day trips was definitely a highlight of the book, from the planning to the execution of each trip and the joy the excursions clearly brought the entire bunch. Midway through the year, after debating at length in his diary, Hendrik downloads an electric scooter.
His exploits all around Amsterdam and the mobility his scooter provides him lead to several entertaining passages in his diary. He also reinforces the notion that the elderly deserve a great amount of respect and empathy; something that seems to be missing today. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for all walks of life — all ages can learn so much from the knowledge and insight he imparts.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this gem in exchange for an honest review. View all 4 comments. I got this ARC as a give-away from Goodreads. I waffled between 2 and 3 stars but decided on 3 in the end. While at times touching and laugh out loud funny I was also a bit bored. There was a lot of talk about Netherland politics that I really didn't care about. It took me way too long to read because of that I think.
But in the end Hendrik's diary won me over. I really liked reading about him, all of his friends and their antics. I will probably seek out the second book when it is translated se I got this ARC as a give-away from Goodreads.
I will probably seek out the second book when it is translated see what all the old folks are up to now. Getting old is a bitch! View all 6 comments. He decides to start writing a diary. He has two people he can rely on. One being Evert also a resident of the home and Anja the assistant to the Administrator for the home.
This is a funny, heartbreaking day by day revelation of how eccentric residents spend their time and the Old But Not Yet Dead Club they set up where support is given to each other due to their declining health and tragedy. Jan 01, Wilma rated it really liked it.
Met vileine pen beschrijft Hendrik Groen zijn dagelijkse leven in het verzorgingstehuis. De oprichting van Omanido de oud maar niet dood club en de daaruit voortvloeiende vriendschappen met bijbehorende mantelzorg geven glans en zin aan het leven van Hendrik. Ondanks het gezeik, gezanik en gezeur van enkele medebewoners en Ontroerd Ondanks het gezeik, gezanik en gezeur van enkele medebewoners en directie neemt Hendrik het heft in eigen handen en maakt iets van zijn leven.
Hij richt de Omanido club op en schaft een scootmobiel aan. In plaats van achter de geraniums te vegeteren trekt hij erop uit. Het dagboek geeft een inkijk in een leven waar je niet vrolijk van wordt Here is his diary. I got a lot from reading this book, the format is rather good. Remember when people published personal blogs on the web, rather than these very short snippets we now get from Facebook and Twitter?
You have a lovely mix of personal life, current day cultural trends and landmark historical occasions. This book enables you to enter the very often c 83 year old Hendrik Groen lives at a care home in Amsterdam.
This book enables you to enter the very often closed world of life for 80 plus year olds in residential care homes. Although this book is set in Amsterdam, the attitudes, issues and problems are worldwide. The language used is not simple but very mature and his range of vocabulary is spectacular.
This book brings an intelligent look at the daily life of residents in a care home. It explains what is important to them in their sunset years. I can see parts of this book being used in staff training sessions across a range of industries to explain to workers how the elderly think and understand their world.
I found this book very useful and not just in relating to elderly passengers travelling on my National Express coach. My own father is also 83 years old and this month has just moved into a residential care home in Cardiff. Because of the way dementia creeps on, I was blind to my father developing vascular dementia and just thought he was getting old and not bothering to compete for conversation between my mother and my wife.
I was concerned how my father would cope with being split away from my mother, put into a care home and accepting his own dementia.
I found this book helpful, informative and reassuring.
Everyone in here has strong views on the subject of cake crumbs in fish tanks. A handful of fish floating belly-up are a thousand times worse than a busload of women and children blown to smithereens in some far-off country. I took a lot from this book and found it a pleasure to read.
It was my first time.
And also my last. I stiffen up. Even if you do not have an elderly relative living in a care home, it is great read in the way that reality television fails to capture. It is a very good reading experience that I will vote the top score of 5 stars because it is entertaining, informative and rather witty.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher Penguin for giving me a copy of this book on the understanding that I provide an honest review.
Hendrik Groen doesn't like old people. Their zimmer frame shuffle, unreasonable impatience, endless complaints, their tea and biscuits, smells or creaking bodies.
Although he himself is 83 years old and lives in a residential care home in the Netherlands. Hendrik is fed up of being a civil, ingratiating, courteous, polite and helpful bloke.
He tends to choose the path of least confrontation to try to please everybody. To stop himself spiralling into depression and boredom - in a place where to s Hendrik Groen doesn't like old people. To stop himself spiralling into depression and boredom - in a place where to some residents the most exciting moment of their day is wondering what biscuits will arrive with their tea and coffee - he decides to give the world a taste of the real Hendrikus Gerardus Groen, by writing an uncensored diary into a year in the life of a group of "inmates" as he calls his fellow residents , in a care home in north Amsterdam.
His whistleblowing account shows us what life is really like for people in care homes; the rules, regulations and human interactions. Although Hendrik finds the majority of the care homes residents a bunch of whingey old, stuck in the past sad sacks, he does have a few close friends who he finds nice, intelligent and, most importantly, not one whiner among them.
They are the other members of The Old but Not Dead Club, an exclusive club where they plan days out and intend to not let old age get in the way of having a good time.
Among them are the kind hearted and thoughtful, Eefje Brand, who recently moved into a room Mrs De Gans "vacated" and to whom he strikes up a sweet, close and heart warming friendship. His cheeky and mischievous friend Evert Duiker, who lives independently around the corner in sheltered accommodation with his dog Mo who farts a lot. Whenever Everts grout plays up Walter visits and takes his dog for a walk, helps him out with things or just enjoys an afternoon chat and "a glass of something or other" - usually wine, gin, brandy or whisky.
Edward Schermer who doesn't say much and is hard to understand because of his stroke, but when he does speak you know it'll be worth it. Grietje de Boer, a lovely lady, who is friendly and sympathetic without fawning, and Graeme Gorter who appears insecure and introverted but always tells it to you straight. I really enjoyed this book; it's funny, I laughed out loud in a few parts, moving, poignant, uplifting, thought provoking and makes you appreciate, understand and have more of an insight into old people and their day to day lives and obstacles.
It reminds me of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole which I read while at school, albeit with the protagonist being from a different generation. Being a book about older people there are obviously some sad and heart tugging moments, but these are soon lifted by another funny and uplifting anecdote from Hendrik. You do wonder where the residential housing system for older people will end up, being already encumbered with budgets and financial constraints.
Maybe the current generation of oap's will be one of the last to be in the current western system of aged care housing? Although the system clearly has many downsides and areas that need vastly improving on, which the book highlights, it does provide free care and housing in a safe environment for vulnerable old people.
It's slightly worrying to think where my generation and younger will end up in old age. It's definitely not a depressing read, don't let the thought of a book about residents in a care home deter you. There are tons of witty funny moments with Hendrik and his friends getting into all sorts of trouble and fun to pass their days. Such as the time Hendrik is invited in for a cup of tea with Mrs Visser which resulted in Fish Gate- three slices of cake, 6 pink fondant fancies and two fish tank massacres.
Their day trips out with the Old But Not Dead Club which results in the other residents feeling a bit bitter, a few pet catastrophes, souped up mobility scooters as status symbols, dribbling and horse meat lasagne. Hendrik is a great role model on how to grow old and not let age be a determent. I love his attitude towards life and hope that if I'm lucky enough to reach his age that I have the same zest for life as he does. This book is uplifting, moving and funny and can be enjoyed either in large chunks, or because of the diary format, read over a longer period of time.
What a touching read. Truly this is up there with the best ones I have read. It was recommended to me by my dad's primary health professional with the words that it is one of the funniest, most poignant and cutting reads about old age you will come across.
And it is. Age is something we will all be negotiating if we are one of the fortunate ones to navigate a full span of decades in life. This guy Hendrik Groen gives a glimpse into that world we all, if we are honest, all sort of mock. That worl What a touching read. That world inside the "dreaded aged care facility" It was a joy to rediscover a word that has been out of my vocabulary since my mums passing, that glorious word "Kerfuffle".
I shall remind myself to keep it in circulation. Mum always used it with such flair. This is a book containing intrigue, and arson attacks and romance and complicated political manoeuvrings. The writers dark, wry wit shines out as he examines each day over the course of a year.
I imagine that anyone with family will enjoy this read, provided they don't trip over the load of guilt they are carrying around about the amount of time they spend with their elders or the choices they have made for their loved ones. Old age, with all it's indignities will come to us all, we hope. And why are people reading this..? This seems to be basically A diary of an old guy.
Nothing happens. There is no point to it. I made myself read to see if there's some moral that is coming up, at least, but It's just someone's boring old diary.
You could publish this right now. Your cousin could. All it seems to be is a weird commentary of an entire year, like a summary of what happened on the news in snippets through the eyes of a per Um All it seems to be is a weird commentary of an entire year, like a summary of what happened on the news in snippets through the eyes of a person in an elderly home. Doesn't get any more exciting! Not that I'm being disrespectful - I've read plenty of books that are told through the POV of a person in an elderly home, and some of them have been great.
There's no story. No plot. No underlying point. It's not even interesting for the events - cause it's several years old now and I honestly don't remember the miscellany of the time! The funniest thing? I was denied an ARC of this. Got it in the library. Next time I get denied, I'll consider it a stroke of luck by fate.
If this one's anything to judge by: The novel opens with: Their walker shuffle, their unreasonable impatience, their endless complaints, their tea and cookies, their bellyaching. I am eighty-three years old. I did this so much that my husband thinks that I have 'lost the plot'. Hilarity via truisms! I The novel opens with: In other words? A dramady. The book, written in the form of a diary, holds acutely astute observations on what it is to be 'old'.
Rendered in a direct and simple way, without artifice, the book just works.
Hendrik, at 83 years old, is one of the youngest residents of his nursing home. He definitely has all his wits about him, though he admits to a failing memory, but that could be true of a lot of us. Along with his wits, he has a sometimes scathing, always intelligent sense of humor. Which is not always a blessing in here.
It smells of old people. Hendrik's life has been a tragic one, yet, for the most part, he approaches what life he has remaining with good humour. His only friends live in the nursing home with him. Especially Eefje Brand, the woman he learns to love. She brings banter and true affection back into his life - at least for a short while Even though Hendrik's observations are of a Dutch care home, they are in many ways universal.
People are people, wherever they live. Nursing home issues, whether they be as mundane as the daily monotony, as base as the financial cutbacks, or as dismal as the prevalence of depression among the elderly, all resonate with elder folk everywhere. At our age, surely, there's nothing left to lose, so why not be fearless? This gives him great pleasure and a sense of freedom he had forgotten.A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis 16, Jan 5: Generation site 1.
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