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Product Details

  • Paperback: 691 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Revised & Enlarged edition (October 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761134263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761134268
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"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

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"A work of great value, written with sensitivity and wisdom...It fulfills an obvious need better than anything I've seen."
—Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

An award-winning journalist, Virginia Morris has devoted her career to researching and writing about health care, medical research and related social and political issues for the last 25 years. She is the author of How to Care for Aging Parents, which won the Books for a Better Life Award and instantly became the best-selling book on the subject when it was first released in 1986. An updated and expanded edition was published in 2004. She is also the author of Talking About Death, which came out in paperback in 2004. Virginia has been featured on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Morning Show, Primetime, NPR, CNN, and a host of other national media. She also appeared before Congress, testifying before the bicameral Joint Economic Committee in 2007. She now lectures around the country on both subjects. She lives with her husband and two children in the New York area.

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An excellent resource.
V. Huwa
She knows firsthand about the challenges of taking care of a sick parent, and her book will help you get through them.
Andrew Cohen
I bought another copy of this book months ago, and it holds a prominent place on my bookshelf!
A. Egan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By ReadsReviewsAlways on August 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
I just had to give a review when I stumbled across this at Amazon. My father went from being healthy and independent to just the opposite in one day (from a fall- then into hospital, caught an infection and went downhill from there.)There was a TON of things to figure out from medicare to power of attorney, where to place him, what to expect etc.... This book is written with such kindness and is full of information that is invaluable. At least for me, it was exactly what I needed. And if you're going through this, I wish you all the best.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By TRay on December 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
As we venture into this new and unknown territory - taking care to those whom we always depended on to take care of us - this is the first, second and only book you need. In a gentle and humorous way, Ms. Morris guides you through all of the aspects of this unknown road including the medical, legal, mental, physical, etc. Maybe my favorite chapter is the one in which Ms. Morris insists that you make sure of taking care of yourself first. I saw Ms. Morris on "Oprah" and bought the book for my "first parent". Now the book comes out "bigger, better, and improved" for my second parent. Strange to think that a book can be such a gift to our real lives. I can not recommend this book more strongly.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Bechard on October 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
I picked this up to learn how I could help my mother take care of her father and found it extremely helpful. It is written in clear, understandable language, with several personal accounts scattered throughout, as well as information on where to go for more help. And you WILL need more help - but this book does a great job of pointing you in the right direction. It makes a very complex problem seem manageable. There are at least 50 pages at the back of the book that provide contact information on elder care agencies, geriactric care managers, elder care lawyers, etc.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Dennis on June 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
I'm not one for self-help books, but when my father's Alzheimers began to consume him and jeopardize my mother's physical, mental, and financial condition, I turned to this book for help and found it more valuable than I ever could have imagined. It is filled with easy-to-follow advice and very practical steps that can be taken to address your situation. The author has done so much research and identified so many resources that reading the book saves untold time and agony. I only wish I had found it sooner.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Cohen on December 12, 2007
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As part of my research for building caring.com, I read six eldercare handbooks and found Virginia's one of the very best. The tone is practical and compassionate, and every subject is covered in depth. She knows firsthand about the challenges of taking care of a sick parent, and her book will help you get through them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Beavers on August 22, 2008
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This book is an exceptional reference for anyone who may care for an elder, who is taking care of their elder, making funeral arrangements for them, or who is settling their estate. It is comprehensive. The book includes, among other things, ways to approach sensitive topics with one's parents, preparing to contain crisis management, signs that an elder may need help, options, resources and best practices for application at any point from full health through closing an elder's estate. Additionally, the author understands the emotional and physical impact to the care giver and offers very helpful recommendations. This book was a tremendous help to me and, because of its pointers, my father. I used this book for the three years I had the privilege to be my Dad's care giver. I have given this book as a gift to numerous friends who have shared it with their friends and family.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susan S. Griffin on June 10, 2006
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Virginia Morris' book "How to Care For Aging Parents" is the essential reference book for anyone who is or will be caring for the elderly. It is clearly written, carefully researched and thoroughly indexed to provide quick access to all questions. As a psychotherapist I keep this book close at hand to help unsnarl any issues with or about the aging population.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marcia Ward on August 17, 2008
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I was alerted to this book by a friend. Originally, I used a library copy, but decided it was so full of information I may need in the future that I purchased my own copy for reference. It is the most help in one place that I have found.
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