How to Care for Aging Parents: A One-Stop Resource for All Your Medical, Financial, Housing, and Emotional Issues
The book that answers all the questions you hoped you'd never have to ask.Hailed as "an excellent resource" by the Family Caregiver Alliance, How to Care for Aging Parents is an indispensable source of information and support. Now completely revised and updated, this compassionate, comprehensive caregiver's bible tackles all the touch subjects, from how to avoid becoming your parent's "parent," to understanding what happens to the body in old age, to getting help finding, and paying for, a nursing home. When love is not enough--and regrettably, it never is--this is the essential guide. Help for every difficult issue:
- Knowing when to intervene
- Coping with dementia
- Caring for the caregiver
- The question of driving
- Paying for long-term care
- Sharing the care with siblings
- Caregiving from a distance
- Home care vs. a nursing home
- The hospice option
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About the Author
An award-winning journalist, Virginia Morris has devoted her career to researching and writing about health care, medical research and related social and political issues for the last 30 years. She is the author of How to Care for Aging Parents, which won the Books for a Better Life Award and instantly became the best-selling book on the subject when it was first released in 1996. It has sold more than 500,000 copies and has been translated into a number of languages. AARP calls it "indispensable." ABC World News declared it the "the bible for caregivers." And the Wall Street Journal touted it as "the best guide." The third edition was published in 2014. She is also the author of Talking About Death, which came out in 2001. Virginia has been featured on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Morning Show, Primetime, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, NPR, CNN, and a host of other national media. She testified before Congress at the invitation of Sen. Amy Klobuchar. She now serves as adjunct instructor at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine, is a member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock ethics committee, is getting a master's degree in bioethics at Harvard, and gives talks around the country on aging, caregiving and end-of-life decisions.
"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