Coping with Your Difficult Older Parent: A Guide For Stressed Out Children

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Harper Collins, Aug 2, 2011 - Self-Help - 224 pages
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Do You Have
An Aging Parent Who --

  • Blames you for everything that goes wrong?
  • Cannot tolerate being alone, wants you all the time?
  • Is obsessed with health problems, real, or imagined?
  • Make unreasonable and/or irrational demands of you?
  • Is hostile, negative and critical?

Coping with these traits in parents is an endless high-stress battle for their children. Though there's no medical defination for "difficult" parents, you know when you have one. While it's rare for adults to change their ways late in life, you can stop the vicious merry-go-round of anger, blame, guilt and frustration.

For the first time, here's a common-sense guide from professionals, with more than two decades in the field, on how to smooth communications with a challenging parent. Filled with practical tips for handling contentious behaviors and sample dialogues for some of the most troubling situations, this book addresses many hard issues, including:

  • How to tell your parent he or she cannot live with you.
  • How to avoid the cycle of nagging and recriminations
  • How to prevent your parent's negativity from overwhelming you.
  • How to deal with an impaired parent who refuses to stop driving.
  • How to asses the risk factors in deciding whether a parent is still able to live alone.
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    User Review  - scottcholstad - LibraryThing

    This is a fairly helpful book that begins with an interesting questionnaire for you to fill out about your difficult parent. There are 40 questions in six categories. They are Dependency Behaviors ... Read full review

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    User Review  - seniorfriendshipven - LibraryThing

    COPING WITH YOUR DIFFICULT OLDER PARENT A Guide for Stressed-Out Children Grace Lebow and Barbara Kane with Irwin Lebow Do you have an aging parent who— • Blames you for everything that goes wrong ... Read full review

    Contents

    INTRODUCTION
    1
    cmvrna 3
    52
    CHAPTER 4
    80
    CHAPTER 5
    99
    CHAPTER 6
    119
    A Fearful Mother Living at a Distance
    143
    cruurraa 8
    160
    HOW TO KEEP FROM BEING DIFFICULT YOURSELF
    182
    Personality Disorders
    193
    BIBLIOGRAPHY
    199
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    About the author (2011)

    Grace Lebow and Barbara Kane, the co-founders of Aging Network Services of Bethesda, Maryland, are clinical social workers and care managers, specializing in older people and their families. They created a nationwide network of similar professionals to work with geographically separated families. This is their first book.

    Grace Lebow and Barbara Kane, the co-founders of Aging Network Services of Bethesda, Maryland, are clinical social workers and care managers, specializing in older people and their families. They created a nationwide network of similar professionals to work with geographically separated families. This is their first book.

    Grace Lebow and Barbara Kane, the co-founders of Aging Network Services of Bethesda, Maryland, are clinical social workers and care managers, specializing in older people and their families. They created a nationwide network of similar professionals to work with geographically separated families. This is their first book.

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