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When Your Aging Parent Needs Help: A Geriatrician's Step-by-Step Guide to Memory Loss, Resistance, Safety Worries, & More by [Leslie  Kernisan MD, Paula Spencer  Scott]

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"Our society goes to great lengths to help young people negotiate the passage into adulthood. What is missing is a guide for the passage into elderhood. Far too many adult children struggle with uncertainty and doubt when it comes to helping their parents. This book is the missing piece that turns a puzzle into a picture."
-Bill Thomas, MD
Founder, Changing Aging and The Eden Alternative

"When Your Aging Parent Needs Help" gives adult children easy-to-understand answers to the many challenging questions they have about their aging parents' health, behavior, and safety. Even more important, it raises questions that they may not have even known to ask. And the answers are supported by communication tools and strategies to deal with obstacles they may encounter. Dr. Leslie Kernisan, a geriatrician, and her co-author Paula Spencer Scott have combined their years of experience to offer practical, realistic, and respectful ways to guide both readers new to caregiving and those experienced but still searching."
-Carol Levine
Senior fellow and former director, Families and Health Care Project, United Hospital Fund, and MacArthur Foundation fellow

"An essential step-by-step guide for families wondering how to respond when an older parent begins to experience difficulties. Full of sound practical advice, compassion, expert wisdom, and helpful resources." 
-Judith Graham
Navigating Aging columnist, Kaiser Health News

"An outstanding guide for anyone concerned about an aging parent. The 'cheat sheets' alone are worth ten times the purchase price, helping to ensure the best chance at success. Family caregivers stress about 'fixing' things. This guide will provide a step-by-step process for the journey."
-Linda Fodrini-Johnson, MA, MFT, CMC
Geriatric care manager/consultant/educator and past president, Aging Life Care Association

"With its handy checklists ('downloadable cheat sheets') and illuminating vignettes ('What This Looks Like'), this book is a terrific guide for families starting on their caregiving journey. The exhortations to focus on the patient's perspective and the gentle reminders that caregiving is often frustratingly difficult make the manual especially valuable."
-Muriel R. Gillick, MD 
Harvard Medical School, author of The Caregiver's Encyclopedia: A Compassionate Guide to Caring for Older Adults

"This book is GPS for the children of older adults. If you are caring for an aging parent, this invaluable guide will help keep you on the right road."
-Howard Gleckman
Forbes columnist and author of Caring for Our Parents

"Invaluable advice and direct access to practical tools--like having your own geriatrician."
-Amy Goyer
Family caregiving consultant and author of AARP's Juggling Work, Life, and Caregiving

About the Author

LESLIE KERNISAN, MD, MPH, is a practicing geriatrician and the founder of the popular aging health website and podcast Better Health While Aging, which she created to help families and older adults learn better ways to manage common aging health challenges.

"Dr. K" has always had a special interest in supporting families who are helping aging relatives.  She believes that it shouldn't be so hard for older adults and their families to access what geriatricians know about improving the health and wellbeing of aging adults.

Dr. K currently offers a Helping Older Parents Course and other online programs to provide expert guidance to people caring for aging parents. She's also a Clinical Instructor at the University of California, San Francisco, Division of Geriatrics. Previously, the site medical director of the Over 60 Health Clinic in Berkeley, she now maintains a small consultative practice in the Bay Area. She trained in internal medicine and geriatrics at UCSF and is a proud graduate of Princeton University and Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. She lives in San Francisco.


PAULA SPENCER SCOTT is an award-winning writer on health and aging and the author of more than a dozen books, including Surviving Alzheimer's: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers and collaborations with doctors at Harvard, UCLA, and Duke.

A journalist fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, her work appears in Parade, PBS Next Avenue, AARP, and other national media. She also gives talks on caregiver support and brain health. She lives in Colorado.


Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08QTXTWXW
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 11, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1682 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 216 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 173615320X
  • Customer Reviews:
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