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How to Care for Aging Parents, 3rd Edition

A One-Stop Resource for All Your Medical, Financial, Housing, and Emotional Issues

By Virginia Morris

Foreword by Jennie Chin Hansen

The book that answers all the questions you hoped you’d never have to ask.

Hailed as “an excellent resource” by the Family Caregiver Alliance, How to Care for Aging Parents is an indispensable source of information and support.

Now completely revised and updated, this compassionate, comprehensive caregiver’s bible tackles all the touch subjects, from how to avoid becoming your parent’s “parent,” to understanding what happens to the body in old age, to getting help finding, and paying for, a nursing home.

When love is not enough—and regrettably, it never is—this is the essential guide.

Help for every difficult issue:

  • Knowing when to intervene
  • Coping with dementia
  • Caring for the caregiver
  • The question of driving
  • Paying for long-term care
  • Sharing the care with siblings
  • Caregiving from a distance
  • Home care vs. a nursing home
  • The hospice option

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Review quotes

"A compassionate guide of encyclopedic proportion."
The Washington Post

“Indispensable!”

— AARP

"This guide, aimed at the "Sandwich Generation," provides a road map to assist adult children in caring for their aging parents. Combining personal experience with expertise in healthcare and social and political issues, Morris has produced a thoroughly researched, well-organized, and comprehensive manual. Chapters follow in logical progression, yet they can stand alone and be read on an "as-needed" basis. The topics covered include the concrete, practical areas such as home care, finances, nursing homes/hospitals, legal issues, and medical/safety concerns as well as the psychosocial areas of handling emotions, dealing with death and dying, sibling conflicts, and spiritual needs. In her discussions, Morris adds useful details such as a suggested list of things to pack for the hospital. Support for the caregiver as well as to the elderly person is covered. Sprinkled throughout the text are agencies, phone numbers, and other reference information."

"A must-read … [Morris] thoroughly addresses the subject, covering most topics imaginable from standards such as exercise and healthy diet to uncomfortable ones such as STDs, Alzheimer's, and delusions and hallucinations.… Her frank approach manages to be both compassionate and direct making the most awkward or devastating topics manageable."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

Product Details
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Number of pages
688
Publication date
February 11, 2014
ISBN
9780761178668