About Carol Netzer

Carocropped-AssistedLivingCover17_72dpi-SMALLER.jpgl Netzer has practiced individual and family psychotherapy for over two decades and has published numerous articles and papers on family relationships. Her first book, Cutoffs, published by New Horizon Press, describes the symptoms of individuals who cut themselves off from their families and offers techniques for reconnection.

First book.

She earned an Masters degree in Psychology from Boston University and a degree in family therapy from Bronx Psychiatric Center. She was in private practice for twenty five years and served as a clinical psychologist at South Beach Psychiatric Center, both in New York City. Ms. Netzer is an alumnus of the American Psychology Association.

Ms. Netzer has been a resident of assisted living for the last four years, in two entirely different facilities: one in a suburban setting near Cambridge, Massachusetts, the other in New York City. In Assisted Living: An Insider’s View, she brings a unique combination of perspectives to the topic of assisted living: an objective, clinical view and a personal, subjective response to living in such a facility herself. Her long history of observing human behavior enables her to understand others who are having the same experience.

12 thoughts on “About Carol Netzer

  1. Judy Levitz

    I really like Carol’s writings – she brings attention, color and insight to the minds, relationships and the environment that make up the real and important world of residents in assisted living settings. Life here shouldn’t be just about the final chapters of aging and keeping busy — it’s about vital time when real, full people engage, reminisce, ponder, worry, rage and love. I think it is an important read to other residents, but also family members, caregivers, staff and creators of assisted and senior living spaces!

  2. Pauline Hislop

    It is definitely refreshing to hear from residents on how they feel, see and adjust to this new way of living. I know for me as an employee in a nursing facility for the past 6 years and recently lost my mother. There is so much more that can be done to add to the fun side of our residents in there later years. It is a tough job but I love working among the elderly. I love your blog and hope you encourage other residents to get involved.

  3. Administrator Post author

    Thank you for being so supportive, and as you like my blog–please spread the word.

  4. Jeannie Wolfsen

    Hi Carol,
    I love your writings!
    I am working on an post for my Facebook page about making a smooth (as possible) transition of an elderly individual from independent living in one’s own home to an Assisted Living facility.
    I would like to know if you have any suggestions or advice that would help another person that I might share?

    Feel free to contact me via your blog or my email.
    Thanks and keep writing! Your stories are so important to understanding, improving, and supporting our elderly loved ones.

  5. Caryn Isaacs

    I recognize the style as similar to mine, what I call almost fiction. I am a Professional Patient Advocate who lived for 4 years in “cemetery village” where I developed my style. Now I spend most of my time in various assisted living facilities where Carol s voice shows that people are individuals with the same hopes and dreams as all of us. The sad thing about activities in alfs is they are made for “them”.instead of “us.” You can read my stories at CarynIsaacs.com

  6. Alicia Nossov

    Carol seems to have captured something I’ve noticed about people- the more years you have, the more “distilled” you are. Masks fall away as the creases deepen. People get more like themselves. Happy people are friendly to anyone who happens by. Nasty people are rude to relatives bringing flowers for Mother’s Day. Anxious people pace all night. Chatty people talk to no one at all. Maybe it’s got something to do with the stories people tell, it reinforces their image of themselves.
    I like the old people who always have candy for children in their pockets.

  7. Maggi

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. I’m new to the game and was thrilled that you read my information. I also enjoyed your stories very much.

  8. Anonymous

    Hi Carol – Congratulations on your new book “An Insider’s View” and I really enjoy reading your “Overheard in the …” posts; sometimes humorous , sometimes … not so much!

    Would you be interested in conducting a phone interview? I am producing a series of programs to improve life in smaller Board & Care facilities and I would love to share your thoughts with them. We could also interview via email if that is an option you would prefer.

    This is my Face Book page https://www.facebook.com/moderneldercare?ref=hl if you would like to visit it. I would love to hear from you. My email is thisisjeannie@yahoo.com

    Thank you and again, congratulations!
    Jeannie Wolfsen

  9. Jonah Steinhaus

    A colleague and fellow blogger, new to the trade. I’m a Los Angeleno who’s recently found himself in an assisted living environment. Wouldn’t bother you with the gory details. For now! I’m 72 y.o, survivor of two strokes, and hell-bent on enjoying the rest of my life to the fullest. Just wanted to introduce myself and say hello. As┬átime goes by, we’ll talk.

  10. Administrator Post author

    I admire your courage, your will to live, and I’m so pleased that you wrote me about it. Despite your physical limitations, it seems as though you have fought well to keep going. I very much like the clarity of your writing. Keep it up please! I hope you will write to me again and let me know how you’re doing.

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