Caring for Yourself While Caring for Your Aging Parents, Third Edition: How to Help, How to Survive

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Macmillan, Dec 27, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 255 pages
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A thoroughly revised edition of the authoritative guide to caring for aging parents
For women and men who are involved in caring for aging parents, and for those who see caregiving in their future, this empathetic and practical book offers complete coverage of all the practical issues you are likely to confront—while addressing the emotional stress and particular needs of caregivers. Claire Berman, drawing on her own experiences, the experiences of many other adult children, and interviews with specialists in the geriatric field, discusses the wide range of emotions that can accompany caregiving.
This completely updated edition includes
• new discussions of the Internet as a tool for seniors
• new sources of prescription drugs
• information about emergency response systems
• recommended exercises and exercise videos and
adaptive clothing
• an extensively revised resources section
In a wise and compassionate voice, Caring for Yourself While Caring for Your Aging Parents teaches you everything you need to know to help your parents through the stressful and humbling challenges of aging.

"A compassionate book that offers support for the caregiver, plus solid advice on how to fulfill your parents' needs without turning into a martyr." —Horizons

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Struggles and Successes
17
Helping Yourself and Helping Your Parent
44
Stress Among SiblingsWays to Manage It
73
The Only Child
90
LongDistance Caregiving
101
Reality and Emotion
120
Making Decisions for Your Parents
141
Loss and Mourning
158
The Nursing Home Alternative
185
EndofLife Decision Making
212
Wholl Be There to Care for Me?
220
Appendixes
227
and Resources
237
Suggested Reading
245
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Claire Berman specializes in writing about the emotional dimensions of relationships. Her other books include Making It as a Stepparent and The Day the Voices Stopped (with Ken Steele). She has appeared on national and local television and radio programs to promote her books.

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