How to Care for Aging Parents

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How to Care for Aging Parents

Format:  Paperback,

691 pages

Edition: Revised

Publisher: Workman Pub Co

Publish Date: Oct 2004

ISBN-13: 9780761134268

ISBN-10: 0761134263

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The best and bestselling book of its kind. Originally published in 1995, "How to Care for Aging Parents," with 220,000 copies in print, won a Books for a Better Life Award and was praised as "an indispensable book" (AARP) and "a compassionate guide of encyclopedic proportion" ("The Washington Post"). It also catapulted its author, Virginia Morris, to national prominence as a recognized eldercare authority on "Oprah," "Good Morning America," CNN, CBS, and other media.
Nine years later, and the need for the book is mushrooming: the number of adult children caring for a parent has increased from 4 million to 19.5 million, with roughly 80% of the nation's elderly cared for at home. Virginia Morris responds with a completely revised, up-to-date new edition. Expanded from 450 to over 650 pages, it covers all the emotional, legal, financial, medical, and logistical issues in caring for the elderly. There are new sections on expanded housing options, alternative therapies, balancing career and caregiving, and dealing with difficult parents. It covers the biggest change in caregiving--the newfound independence of seniors and benefits of healthy aging--and the reverse: three chapters are dedicated to caring for parents with Alzheimers. At the end of the book is an invaluable 100-page "Yellow Pages" guide to all the resources and services of the enormous eldercare industry.

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Publisher: Workman Pub Co
Publish Date: Oct 2004
ISBN-13: 9780761134268
ISBN-10: 0761134263
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 691
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.84
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 1.5 x 8.9

Chapter outline

Foreword
Introduction
Get Ready, Get Set
Talking with Your Parent
Gathering Essential Documents
Researching the Options
Organizing Your Own Life
When You Can't Be There
Your Parent and You
Adapting to New Roles
Knowing When to Intervene
Defusing Old Struggles
Managing Day-to-Day
The Difficult Parent
Caring for the Caregiver
Setting Limits
The Male Caregiver
Emotional Minefields: Guilt, Anger, Grief, and Depression
Support Groups
When One Parent Is Well
I2 Steps to a Healthy Mind-Set
Healthy Aging
Pumping Iron: Finding the Right Exercise Program
The ABCs of Diet
The Liquor Cabinet
Up in Smoke
Heart, Mind, and Soul
Staying Involved
Family and Friends
Spirituality
Creativity
Volunteering
Expanding the Mind
Dating, Sex, and Marriage
Tips for Daily Living
Safety First
Preventing Falls
Bathing and Dressing
Eating Right
The Question of Driving
Useful Gadgets and Gizmos
Getting Help
Assessing the Need
Help from Family and Friends
Community Services: What's Available and How to Find It
Geriatric Care Managers
More Help, at Home
Home Health Care
Nurses, Therapists, and Aides
The Hiring Process
Managing the Troops
Respite Care
The Inner Circle
Sharing the Care with Siblings
A Family Meeting
Spouses
The Sandwich Generation: Aging Parents and Young Children
Balancing Career and Caregiving
Doctor Do's and Don'ts
Rx for the Elderly
A Good Doctor
A Geriatric Checkup
Being an Informed Advocate
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The Body Imperfect: Part I
On the Lookout for Symptoms
Overseeing Medications
Vision and Hearing
Insomnia
Dehydration
TLC for Skin, Legs, and Feet
Dental Care
The Body Imperfect: Part II
Osteoporosis and Arthritis
Incontinence
Constipation
Other Digestive Disorders
Matters of the Mind
Depression: Diagnosis and Treatments
Anxiety Disorders
Delirium
On the Fifth Floor
Entering the Hospital
Tests, Surgery, and Treatments
Dealing with Staff
Your Role as Advocate
Comfort on the Fifth Floor
When You Are Far Away
Preparing for Discharge
Bills
Paying the Way
Talking about Money
Financial Planning and Budgets
Benefits and Discounts
Homes as Collateral
Tax Tips
Using Your Own Funds
Financial and Legal Counsel
Frauds and Scams
Paying for Health Care
What Medicare Really Covers
Prescription Drugs
Medigap Plans
Medicaid
Long-Term Care Insurance
Legal Issues
Wills
Power of Attorney
Advance Directives
Trusts
Reducing Estate Taxes
Probate
Guardianship
Legal Help
Home Away from Home
Is It Time to Move?
Sharing Your Home with Your Parent
Senior Apartments
Group Homes
Assisted Living
Continuing Care Retirement Communities
A Good Nursing Home
Making the Decision
Who Pays?
The Search
What to Look for in a Nursing Home
Getting In
Making the Move Work
Moving Day
A Plan of Care
Your Role as Visitor and Advocate
Long-Distance Caregiving
When Trouble Brews
Getting Adjusted
The Aging Brain
What Is Normal?
Dementia
Getting Tested
Alzheimer's Disease
Dealing with the Diagnosis
Treating Dementia
Living with Dementia
Helping Yourself: A Clear Perspective and a Little Humor
Helping Your Parent: Simplicity, Routines, and Diversions
Managing Day to Day
Bathing, Dressing, Eating, and Communicating
Behavior Problems
Coping with Special Issues
The Last Good-Bye
Talking about Death
Caring for Your Parent Now
Choosing Hospice Care
Treatment Decisions
The Face of Death
The Aftermath
Finding a Funeral Director
The Obituary
Services
Cemeteries
Dividing the Estate
Good Grief
Stages of Grief
Growing from Grief
Reviewing You Relationship with Your Parent
The Surviving Parent
Children and Grief
You're Next
Can You Afford to Grow Old?
Taking Care of Your Body
Keeping Your Mind Sharp
Living Fully
The Yellow Pages of Help
Useful Organizations
State Units on Aging and Long-Term Care Ombudsmen
State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Programs (SHIPs)
State Medicaid Offices
A Hospital Patient's Bill of Rights
Touring a Residence for the Elderly
A Nursing-Home Resident's Bill of Rights
State Citizen Advocacy Groups for Nursing-Home Reform
Dietary Details for the Elderly
Funeral Choices and Costs
Index

Book description

The best and bestselling book of its kind. Originally published in 1995, How to Care for Aging Parents, with 220,000 copies in print, won a Books for a Better Life Award and was praised as "an indispensable book" (AARP) and "a compassionate guide of encyclopedic proportion" ( The Washington Post). It also catapulted its author, Virginia Morris, to national prominence as a recognized eldercare authority on Oprah, Good Morning America, CNN, CBS, and other media.

Nine years later, and the need for the book is mushrooming: the number of adult children caring for a parent has increased from 4 million to 19.5 million, with roughly 80% of the nation's elderly cared for at home. Virginia Morris responds with a completely revised, up-to-date new edition. Expanded from 450 to over 650 pages, it covers all the emotional, legal, financial, medical, and logistical issues in caring for the elderly. There are new sections on expanded housing options, alternative therapies, balancing career and caregiving, and dealing with difficult parents. It covers the biggest change in caregiving--the newfound independence of seniors and benefits of healthy aging--and the reverse: three chapters are dedicated to caring for parents with Alzheimers. At the end of the book is an invaluable 100-page "Yellow Pages" guide to all the resources and services of the enormous eldercare industry.

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