Caring for Your Aging Parent: A Guide for Catholic Families

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Our Sunday Visitor, 1997 - Family & Relationships - 191 pages
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If you find yourself caught between the needs of kids and the needs of your aging parent, you must read this practical book.

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Contents

Introduction How to Use This Book
7
The Realities of Growing Older 1 Not Afy Parent11
11
Should You Blame It on Aging?
13
Society and the Elderly 3 Respect for the Elderly
15
Two Common Experiences That Still Influence Seniors
17
Dealing with Your Parents Racial and Ethnic Prejudices
19
Euthanasia and the Right to Die
21
Elderly Issues 7 Independence Control and Selfdetermination
23
Leisuretime Activities
103
What Help Does Mom or Dad Really Need? 105
105
Personal Safety110
110
Choosing the Best Solution
112
Finding Help for Your Parent 114
114
When Your Parent Needs Help Bathing
116
Hiring a Case Manager
117
When Mom or Dad Doesnt Want Help 119
119

Losses
25
Grief
28
When the ParentChild Roles Reverse
30
I Dont Want to Be a Burden
32
Worries About Adult Children
34
Taking Care of a Crabby or Formerly Abusive Parent
35
Refereeing Fights Between Mom and Dad
37
Celebrating Birthdays and Anniversaries
39
Grandparenthood
42
Helping Your Parent Write His or Her Memoirs
43
Living Arrangements 18 Home Safety47
47
When a Winter Storm Leaves Your Parent Homebound
50
Helping Your Parent Give Up the Car Keys
52
Nursing Homes and Other Options
54
Choosing a Nursing Home
56
Should Mom or Dad Move In?
58
When Mom or Dad Moves In
60
Saying Goodbye to the Family Home
62
Physical Health 26 The Doctor
65
Getting a Second Medical Opinion
67
When the Professionals and Your Parent Disagree
69
At the Hospital71
71
The Dentist
73
Vision74
74
Hearing Loss
77
Nutrition
79
Alcoholism
81
Tobacco
83
Problems with Mobility
85
Wheelchairs Walkers and Canes
87
Incontinence
88
Mental Health 39 Dementia and Alzheimers Disease
91
Depression and Suicide
94
Emotional Health 41 The Danger of Being Too Isolated
99
The Need to Have Fun 101
101
Technical Matters 51 Financial Issues
121
Legal Terms and Senior Health Care
122
Turning to Prayer
125
Returning to the Church
127
The Sacrament of Reconciliation Penance Confession 129
129
Eucharist Holy Communion 130
130
Anointing of the Sick Extreme Unction Last Rites
132
The Communion of Saints 133
133
The Caregivers Life 59 The Sandwich Generation
135
Anger
137
Guilt
138
Words That Sting Words That Comfort
142
Care for the Caregiver 144
144
Respite Care 146
146
The Need to Talk 148
148
Roadblocks to Communication 150
150
Keeping Secrets Telling Lies 151
151
Family Roles and Relationships 155
155
When Youre Married to the Caregiver 157
157
Caring for an Inlaw or Stepparent
158
By Phone 160
160
Going Home 162
162
Going Home to Say Goodbye 164
164
Preparing Your Children to Visit Your Parent
166
On Death and Dying 75 Hospice169
169
Helping a Dying Parent Find Forgiveness and Peace 170
170
Preparing for Death
172
Talking to Your Children About Death 174
174
Funerals Memorial Services and Cremation 175
175
Sorting Out Moving On Remembering
177
Appendixes A Resources for Support 181
181
B Reporting Abuse of the Elderly 185
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Prayers and How to Say the Rosary 187
187
To Contact the Authors
191
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About the author (1997)

Monica Dodds has worked extensively with older people and their families in the Seattle area for many years. She has been a case manager for homebound elderly, a program coordinator for senior centers, and the manager of the Seattle/King County Meals on Wheels program. She and her husband. Bill, write a column on family life for the Catholic News Service and have written several books, including The Joy of Marriage. Visit her website YourAgingParent.com.

Dodds is a free-lance writer.

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