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Caring for Our Parents: Inspiring Stories of Families Seeking New Solutions to America's Most Urgent Health Crisis Hardcover – May 26, 2009
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Starred Review. Longtime Business Week health reporter Gleckman takes readers on a guided tour of group homes, nursing homes, assisted living and the differences between Medicare, Medicaid and long-term care insurance in his comprehensive overview of the current state of long-term care in the U.S. Through interviews with family caregivers, professionals, the cared-for and reformers seeking alternatives to the current system, Gleckman does an impressive job of explaining our current elder-care system and those of other developed nations, and proposes possible solutions to an issue of growing importance as boomers become seniors. (June)
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“Compelling personal stories, helpful information about where to turn for assistance, and ideas for ways to strengthen the safety net that too often fails families facing crisis. Caring for Our Parents is a book for everyone, but particularly for Boomers with aging parents or loved ones, and for our elected representatives who need guidance on how we can do better.”--John Rother, Executive Vice-President AARP
“There are lots of books about eldercare, but none like Caring for Our Parents. By telling his personal story and those of others, Howard Gleckman helps us understand why caring for our parents is such a challenge. This is a must read for every Baby Boomer.”--Suzanne Mintz, President, National Family Caregivers Association
“Although the U.S. spends far more on health care than other country, its treatment of millions of elderly and disabled is shameful. Even when families are willing and able to provide care at home, the ‘system’ makes it nearly impossible. In this well-written and compassionate book, Howard Gleckman doesn’t just describe the problem, he expands our vision of what long-term care should be.”--Kathleen A. Kelly, Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance/National Center on Caregiving
“Howard Gleckman knows firsthand about caring for his elderly parents. In his illuminating Caring for Our Parents, Gleckman shines a spotlight on the financial and physical price we pay to help our loved ones in a fractured and inadequate network of long-term care services. As he profiles families who meet those challenges with love, determination, and grace, he raises important questions about how our nation will cope as the enormous Baby Boomer generation ages. Caring for our Parents is a wake-up call to a graying nation.”--Mary Beth Franklin, Senior Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
“Compelling personal stories, helpful information about where to turn for assistance, and ideas for ways to strengthen the safety net that too often fails families facing crisis. Caring for Our Parents is a book for everyone, but particularly for Boomers with aging parents or loved ones, and for our elected representatives who need guidance on how we can do better.”--John Rother, Executive Vice-President, AARP
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The book should also be required reading for anyone interested in or at work on health care reform. Overall, it's a superior book -- well researched, beautifully written, and thoroughly engaging. I left feeling much more informed and, just as its subtitle suggests, inspired.
Howard Gleckman deftly frames the issues in this debate in a relatively concise book that will appeal to both lay readers and health care policy specialists. The book features both touching stories of people around the country trying to come up with solutions to care for their aging parents, as well as informed discussion of some of the emerging alternatives for providing long-term care--and the options for financing that care. The book examines a range of alternatives to the traditional nursing home, and offers a variety of innovative solutions for financing long-term care. A discussion of how other countries deal with this issue is particularly illuminating. Howard Gleckman's book discusses a range of potential solutions in a civil, non-preachy manner that is a welcome contrast to the shrill, combative style of debate that has become so in vogue on the airwaves. Hopefully, the book will prompt deeper examination and analysis that will encourage creative solutions to deal with a difficult problem.