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"The Boomer's Guide to Aging Parents" is the most comprehensive, forthright, and heartfelt resource guide for families with an aging elder.  I highly recommend that you keep this book at hand to help you traverse the challenging path with your elders. This is the only book for caregivers that contains deep and broad expertise on legal issues, which you will want to know. You'll find practical step-by-step expertise on legal  and health concerns, that can help you feel at ease in the short term and the long term, at a time when you need it most.   The time of your parents' aging is poignant and delicate.  "The Boomer's Guide to Aging Parents" will help you find your way with clear road markers, like a beacon in the night. Carolyn is a recognized expert who has a rare and unique combination of deep and broad expertise as an astute attorney and wise nurse.  She is a treasure, and a rare find.  You'll want to keep her book on your night stand.   Frannie Field, M.S., MFT, Author --Frannie Field, M.S., MFT, Author

This book is for those who are finding themselves in a place they may have never expected to be: responsible wholly, or in part for the care and or welfare of their parents. The Baby Boomer generation is running head-on into another milepost of life: aging parents.Many have had only superficial contact with the day-to-day realities of becoming caregivers to adults. Many have been entitled. And many have been fortunate in finding great careers. Now, faced with the conundrum of reaching retirement in a suddenly unreliable economic environment, co-incidentally with their own parents, Boomers have a new set of issues with their parents. Carolyn Rosenblatt's book is informative and supportive in helping with decision-making that is too often difficult. Practical advice will answer questions and direct the search for optimal solutions. Carolyn's personal and professional background are exceptional credentials for providing this guide to present and future caregivers. As a professional in Healthcare and an advocate for safe, meaningful and dignified care for our Elders, I recommend this book with confidence. The format of the book is convenient, offering topic choices in individual books so that the reader can access specific subjects, and is available in Kindle. --Donna N. Berry, R.N.

Timely, important, and helpful. Making use of new technology, this book is for those who are finding themselves in a place they may have never expected to be: responsible wholly, or in part for the care and or welfare of their parents. The Baby Boomer generation is running head-on into another milepost of life: aging parents.Many have had only superficial contact with the day-to-day realities of becoming caregivers to adults. Many have been entitled. And many have been fortunate in finding great careers. Now, faced with the conundrum of reaching retirement in a suddenly unrealiable economic environment, co-incidently with their own parents, Boomers have a new set of issues with their parents. Carolyn Rosenblatt's book is informative and supportive in helping with decision-making that is too often difficult. Practical advice in the convenient Kindle form will answer questions and direct the search for optimal solutions. Carolyn's personal and professional background are exceptional credentials for providing this guide to present and future caregivers. As a professional in Healthcare and an advocate for safe, meaningful and dignified care for our Elders, I recommend this book with confidence. --Dr. Tessa Ten Tusscher

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Ms. Rosenblatt is a Registered Nurse with ten years of nursing and twenty-seven years of experience as a practicing attorney. She has extensive, hands-on experience in elderly care, aging parents and working with caregivers. She has worked in hospitals and visited patients at home as a Public Health Nurse. Her law practice involved litigation and trials. She is familiar with insurance, financial and elder law issues. She is an experienced mediator, helping resolve conflicts.Ms. Rosenblatt received her nursing diploma at O'Connor Hospital School of Nursing in 1969, her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of San Francisco in 1971 and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco in 1978. She was employed as a nurse's aide in nursing homes with geriatric patients during her studies. She began working as a nurse in acute hospitals, nursing homes, and then moved to community health nursing, both in Los Angeles County and in San Francisco. She visited thousands of geriatric patients and other patients at home, caring for those with chronic, debilitating illness, injuries, and physical and emotional problems associated with aging.She worked her way through law school as a nurse, and upon passing the Bar Exam in 1978, moved into an attorney position in a San Francisco law firm, where she began doing litigation and trial work. She continued this work for about five years, after which she started her own law practice in 1982. She represented clients in personal injury, products and elder abuse cases, doing all phases of litigation and trial work. She began to reduce her litigation work to take extensive mediation training, beginning in 2003. Her experiences in mediation revealed the need for doing consulting work with seniors, aging parents and their families and caregivers. She began Help With Elders.com with her husband, Dr. Davis in 2005 to fill the need for a multi-discipline approach to assisting those concerned with the needs of their aging parents and elders.Ms. Rosenblatt maintains membership in numerous professional organizations, and has served as past president of Marin County Trial Lawyers Association, and Marin County Women Lawyers.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Aging Parents Press (February 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578007118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578007113
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is superb! Carolyn Rosenblatt has created an excellent road map that is a wonderful resource for the Baby Boomer in caring for an aging parent or loved one. Boomers are facing a new challenge of dealing with aging parents and there are TONS of things to figure out from Medicare, to power of attorney, in home care to choosing a nursing home. An excellent chapter devoted to ways to approach the very sensitive issue of driving helps you to ease into a discussion that is probably inevitable. Carolyn offers practical advise on dealing with family conflicts, to how to find a good lawyer, to standing up in the healthcare system for your loved one to tips on handling your loved one's financial affairs.
I found this book to be invaluable and an insightful comprehensive guide for this Baby Boomer to aid me in my caring for an aging loved one.
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This is really an excellent book for helping to clear up a lot of the confusion about how exactly to deal with parents who no longer are able to care for themselves. It's really clear and easy to read for the lay person, without being overly fluffy or emotionally loaded. It's also extremely practical with step-by-step advice. I've read other books who for my situation (a difficult parent) basicly conclude "it's going to be tough" and offer no real advice. This book offers a spectrum for options, so I don't feel so lost. Wonderful find. I've purchased a second copy for my brother.
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I read the entire book even though I did not have a parent involved with the driving issue. If I had read the book first I may have been able to make a better choice for my father's assisted living facility.

Now I have encounted problems I cannot handle. I do not live near my dad. I have hired a professional case worker, one of the resources listed. I hesitated, $130/hr., but now I can see a benefit. My case worker is a RN, and she has been doing this for 25 years.

I receive short helpful reports after each visit. She is responsive to my needs and my fathers. I do think if one hires a case worker, be sure to set limits or you may end up with a bill you are not prepared for.

I refer all my friends, and strangers to Boomers Guide to Aging Parents. I think it is wise to know what problems can be in your future. This book is an education. Take action now, and do your homework. .

I have met with the author. She is an attorney and a RN. She collaborates with her husband, a psychologist. I would suggest reading her book first, be focused or you may end up with a bill you are not expecting. Her hourly rate is $400/hr. If I have a legal issue I would consult with her.

She has a weekly blog, it is interesting, and well written. I look forward to her blogs. They give me something to think about with my aging parent. Often I forward her blog to friends.

Nancy M
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This is a really practical step-by-step guide for family members or friends who are caring for their aging loved-ones. It takes you through all the problems - from stopping driving to advocating for your parent when they are hospitalized. Carolyn Rosenblatt brings both her legal knowledge (she was a litigator for many years before finding her soul in aging) and her nursing background to provide a truly unique persepective.

I could not recommend this more highly!

Tessa ten Tusscher
Executive Chairperson - Living Well - Assisted Living at Home
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