Geriatric Rebels by Roseanne Dowell


Geriatric Rebels by Roseanne Dowell
Publisher: Books We Love
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (67 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Forced to stay in a nursing home while undergoing therapy, seventy-two year old, Mike Powell refuses to get out of bed, won’t cooperate with the nurses, and won’t take his medicine. At least not until he meets Elsa. The tiny, spunky little Elsa sparks new life into him.

Seventy year old, Elsa -left in the home while her son takes a family vacation – joins forces with Mike, setting the home on its heels, and later discovers deception and fraud. Can they find happiness together?

Imagine being in a nursing home when you really don’t need to be. Your son has sent you there while he’s gone because he doesn’t want you to be alone. You’re bored. So what do you do? The two main characters in this book decide to play practical jokes!

This author must have known some feisty older folks. She makes her characters a bit lonely since the death of their spouses and a bit slower because of age, but their brains are still working just fine. Elsa and Mike meet one night. They are both skulking around in the evening because they aren’t ready to sleep yet. They are also being bad. Elsa moves water pitchers about; Mike does things like substitute sugar for salt. Once they find they are partners in crime, they begin to share time together and mutually play tricks on the staff.

Have you ever visited an assisted living unit? People there are mobile for the most part and just require minimal care. Some need help showering and dressing and pills are monitored, but they have a lot of freedom otherwise. The author does an excellent job of showing how focused people with limited activities and space can be after time. They often develop ideas that may not be true, but they believe it and refuse to change their minds. When Elsa and Mike start becoming a couple, George is extremely jealous. He had his eye on her. The war between the two old men over Elsa sounds very reasonable and real. They take turns dumping food and drink on each other; messing up each other’s room, etc. Elsa is at first excited about have two men fighting over her, but George begins to scare her.

The best part of the story for me was when Elsa finds out what her son and his wife have done to her.  Watch out! The old folks are going into action and they’re taking no prisoners.

This author has given you some elderly that can still command respect and have all their faculties together. Elsa comes into her own in this story and that alone made it worth reading. You won’t be bored. Why not see just how dangerous smart old people can be?


  1. This book sounds like a hoot!

    I’m curious to know what reasons Elsa and Mike’s families give for placing them in the nursing home, though?! Normally that is only done when someone has mental or physical health problems that prevent them from living alone safely.

    Or are Elsa and Mike currently placed in the “independent living” area of the property? Some nursing homes rent out little cottages to seniors who are currently ok to live alone but who want first priority for a higher level of care at that facility when their health does take a turn for the worse.

  2. Thank you for the wonderful review. I’m glad you liked it.

  3. Congratulations on the wonderful review, Roseanne. This book is on my Kindle TBR list. I can’t wait to get to it!

  4. I get really annoyed at the way society assumes that older people a) are like children and b) have no sexual or emotional needs. Kudos to Roseanne for writing such a great – and realistic – book!

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