- Paperback: 688 pages
- Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 3 edition (February 11, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761166769
- ISBN-13: 978-0761166764
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 174 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Care for Aging Parents, 3rd Edition: A One-Stop Resource for All Your Medical, Financial, Housing, and Emotional Issues Paperback – February 11, 2014
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The new, greatly revised and expanded edition of a hefty guidebook to eldercare originally published in 1995 is easy to read because Morris divides it into manageable sections. Worried about people taking advantage of your parents? Turn to a chapter titled, “What You Need to Know about Fraud.” Confused by legal issues, such as estate-tax rules? Morris gives easy-to-understand explanations of complicated-sounding terms, such as irrevocable life insurance trust. She also clearly and concisely spells out Medicare Part A and Part B—really! And she explains the stages of Alzheimer’s in less than two pages. Charts help convey such essential information as housing options. A funeral checklist is full of reminders, such as, “Find out if your parent owns a plot.” The chapter “You’re Next” nudges caregivers to manage their own affairs, too. Twenty-five pages listing useful organizations (offering help with everything from driving to pension rights) and 18 pages of forms (for medical contacts, medications, end-of-life wishes, caregiver contacts) conclude this thorough and invaluable how-to. --Karen Springen
"A compassionate guide of encyclopedic proportion."
―The Washington Post
"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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If you don't know where to start with figuring out how to care for your aging parents, this is a good book to use to begin the journey.
And throughout the book, the caregiver is encouraged to take care of themselves, to not get discouraged, to guard against the depression and anxiety that all of this causes. It is a serious thing to care for a parents and it is not easy.
The lovely 'circle of life' is a nice idea, but in reality---yes, they did care for us as babies and now they need our help---but they aren't babies and they don't want to have to need help at all.
They just want their life to go on as before, with their independence and autonomy.
So we must anticipate their needs, be there to help, and recognize when we need to get outside help, because we just cannot do it all, and maintain our own lives, jobs and families as well as theirs.
This book was an invaluable tool and resource for me.
It's easy to read, look up just the topic you need at the time, in the table of contents or index, ---it does not require that you read it from cover to cover to get a lot out of it.