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As Parents Age: A Psychological and Practical Guide Paperback – September 25, 1998
As boomers turn 50, their parents, if living, are turning 70, 80, even 90. So this informative guide to many of the biological, psychological, economic, medical, legal, and personal issues involved in caring for older parents (or friends) is timely and enlightening. Ilardo, a licensed psychotherapist and social worker, encountered some of the problems he discusses in assisting his own parents (and parents-in-law); he now directs two programs that help adult children ease their parents' later years. He covers the biological and psychological effects of aging, the impact of these changes on the family and on adult children's attitudes, steps children can take to allow parents to stay at home as long as possible, issues to be considered if a parent can no longer live at home, critical end-of-life decisions, and dealing with an elderly parent's death. Full of useful charts and checklists, surveys and summaries, the book closes with a "Selected Resources" list and glossary. Appropriate for all libraries. Mary Carroll --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This book brought my mind back to a positive way of thinking of my mom. I became much kinder, patient and way less demanding to my mom. Now, when she visits me for the second time for a couple of months, our relationship runs much better. I believe, the way a changed, made my mom change as well.
The start point was a crisis. But this book helped me to go over this.
Different sections deal candidly and succinctly with some very difficult issues including siblings, care alternatives, living will related legal issues and important checklists.
If you are over 70 it might also make interesting reading.