When the Time Comes: Families with Aging Parents Share Their Struggles and Solutions (Google eBook)

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Grand Central Publishing, Jun 10, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 288 pages
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What will you do when you get the call that a loved one has had a heart attack or a stroke? Or when you realize that a family member is too frail to live alone, but too healthy for a nursing home?

Journalist Paula Span shares the resonant narratives of several families who faced these questions. Each family contemplates the alternatives in elder care (from assisted living to multigenerational living to home care, nursing care, and at the end, hospice care) and chooses the right path for its needs. Span writes about the families' emotional challenges, their practical discoveries, and the good news that some of them find a situation that has worked for them and their loved ones. And many find joy in the duty of caring for an older loved one.

There are 45 million Americans caring for family members currently, and as the 77 million boomers continue to age, this number will only go up. Paula Span's stories are revealing and informative. They give a sense of all the emotional and practical factors that go into the major decisions about caregiving, so that readers will be better able to figure out what to do when the time comes for them and their loved ones.
  

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User Review  - Anonymous - Borders

This book really helped me. It deals with a topic that a lot of people don't know how to talk about, but one that all of us need to hear about. And this book really fills the information gap. Thank you, Paula Span! Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
ONE
Next
Where the Heart Is
Mrs Appel Continued
Hiring Part One
Hiring Part Two
Mrs Appel
Mrs Gordon
Adjusting
Mrs Gordon
Mr B
How Did My Mom Do Today?
Theres Life There
Mr B
Mrs Gordon

TWO
Mrs Betins
Under One Roof
Making Arrangements
Unfinished Business
Support
Finding Oxygen
THREE
Mrs Wunderlich
Not a Nursing Home
Mr Dutton
Mrs Wunderlich
What You See and What You Get
Reconnaissance
Mr Dutton
Mrs Wunderlich
FOUR
Mr B
FIVE
Mr Hardaway
Watching the Birds
Courageous Conversations
Mrs Noto
Mr Hardaway
So Much More to Do
Mrs Noto
Mr Hardaway
Mrs Noto
CONCLUSION
Looking Forward
Looking Back
SOURCE NOTES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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