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Complete Eldercare Planner: Where to Start, Which Questions to Ask, and how to Find Help
Joy Loverde
0812932781
January 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
"The simple truth about elders is this: they want their lives to be validated, and they do not want to die alone," writes eldercare consultant Joy Loverde in her preface to the second edition of The Complete Eldercare Planner. While that desire is entirely valid and compelling, there is an equally real parallel reality: caring for elders is a formidable responsibility, a sometimes daunting maze of financial, medical, personal, legal, and logistical issues. Acutely aware of both truths, Loverde's goal is to provide the caregiver the support and efficient, practical guidance he or she needs to be able to enjoy the often-rewarding and moving experience of caring for an aging loved one. And in an era when the fastest growing segment of the population is those 80 and older (among those, the majority are women), it becomes...


The Eldercare Handbook: Difficult Choices, Compassionate Solutions
Ann Convery
0060776919
May 9, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description

In this comprehensive and accessible guide, long-term care expert Stella Henry helps readers navigate the daunting logistics and powerful emotions of making care decisions for an elderly parent or loved one. Drawing from her 36 years as a registered nurse and a nursing home administrator, as well as her experience caring for both her parents (both of whom suffered the ravages of Alzheimer's disease), Henry tackles all the tough issues: spotting the warning signs of dementia, redefining sibling roles, doing a walk-through at an assisted living facility or nursing home, making the move, and coping with "take me home!" demands.She also explains the medical, legal, and insurance maze. In a time when almost 10 million Americans currently need long-term care, The Eldercare Handbook is an essential read.



Elder Rage or, Take My Father... Please! How To Survive Caring For Aging Parents
Jacqueline Marcell
0967970318
January 2001
Paperback
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Regis Philbin
"I thought I knew Jacqueline until I read her book. Wow, what a story!"

Hugh Downs
"Jacqueline's story and style of writing will surely grab a large readership."

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Alzheimer's Activities: Hundreds of Activities for Men and Women With Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders
B. J. Fitzray
1877810800
June 1, 2001
Hardcover
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Susan Pringle-Cohan, M.A., Exercise Physiologist
"veritable gold mine of information ... ideal reference book for all activities directors of any skilled-care or assisted-care facility"

Cynthia M. Thomas, M.S.,CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist
"...excellent...the research has been done for you. ... a must read for anyone working with individuals in the AD spectrum."

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The 36-Hour Day
Nancy L. Mace
0801861497
Jan 1999
Paperback
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From Library Journal
It has been estimated that five percent of older people suffer from severe intellectual impairment. So these two eloquent and readable guides will be much in demand as the number of families facing the challenge of caring for a relative with some form of dementing illness continues to grow. First published in 1981, The 36-Hour Day follows the format of the previous two editions but has been thoroughly updated to incorporate new information on the latest research, several drugs that hold promise, and genetic aspects of Alzheimer's. The heart of the guide remains unchanged, focusing on helping families cope with this progressive and irreversible disease. Besides tips on how to care for the demented during the various stages of the disease (for example, place a picture of a toilet on the bathroom door), the text...


Eldercare 911: The Caregiver's Complete Handbook for Making Decisions
Susan Beerman
159102014X
January 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Beerman and Rappaport-Musson, eldercare specialists, offer a comprehensive guide to caregiving issues, calmly presenting information readers may not have even considered. For example, the first chapter addresses how to deal directly with one's parents, what to do if the parents don't want help and how to determine if parents, in fact, need help. The authors include sample dialogues, which will be particularly helpful with parents who refuse to acknowledge they need help. The section on long-distance caregiving is also quite useful-the authors advise readers to call ahead of time to schedule appointments with everyone connected to family care, from physicians to caregivers to support agencies. They also advise having a portable folder with key contact numbers so people will have essential information at their...


The Savvy Senior
Jim Miller
1401307493
June 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Those interested in making plans for their own retirement years or concerned about a parent's retirement will find many of their questions answered here. The author writes the syndicated column "The Savvy Senior," which is published in 400 newspapers, and he bases his book on the thousands of questions he receives on social security issues, Medicare, estate and retirement planning, health issues, caregiving, grandparenting and more. Miller's writing style is a mixture of "just the facts, please" and light humor, allowing him to establish himself as a credible and knowledgeable expert. Numerous checklists, resources and charts make it easy to learn about such mundane topics as Medicare and living trusts, while "savvy notes" interspersed between paragraphs enlighten with odd factoids. Baby boomers caring for...


Alzheimer's Early Stages: First Steps for Family, Friends, and Caregivers
David A., M.D. Bennett (Foreword), Daniel Kuhn
0897933974
March 2003
Paperback
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From Library Journal
With increased awareness of the symptoms of Alzheimer's and improved diagnostic techniques, more people are learning that they or a family member have a memory disorder. Yet few books aimed at helping families understand and cope with the disease's early stages have been availableAuntil now. Kuhn, a social worker and education director at Chicago's Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center, guides families in developing a philosophy of care, offering clear, current information on the nature of the illness along with anecdotes drawn from his own practice and first-person caregiver accounts. Throughout, Kuhn stresses the importance of sharing the care by involving others. Especially valuable is the extensive resource list of web sites, organizations, and references to consumer and professional literature. More details,...


36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life
Nancy L. Mace
0446610410
January 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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From Library Journal
It has been estimated that five percent of older people suffer from severe intellectual impairment. So these two eloquent and readable guides will be much in demand as the number of families facing the challenge of caring for a relative with some form of dementing illness continues to grow. First published in 1981, The 36-Hour Day follows the format of the previous two editions but has been thoroughly updated to incorporate new information on the latest research, several drugs that hold promise, and genetic aspects of Alzheimer's. The heart of the guide remains unchanged, focusing on helping families cope with this progressive and irreversible disease. Besides tips on how to care for the demented during the various stages of the disease (for example, place a picture of a toilet on the bathroom door), the text...


It Shouldn't Be This Way
Robert L. Kane
082651488X
Jan 2005
Paperback
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The New York Times, November 10, 2005
". . . a common-sense book that is part memoir, part guidebook and part call to arms." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Book Description
The failure of long-term care is the country’s best-kept embarrassing secret. Almost every adult in the United States will either enter a nursing home or have to deal with a parent or other relative who does. Studies show that 40 percent of all adults who live to age sixty-five will enter a nursing home before they die, while even more will use another form of long-term care.Part memoir, part practical guide, part prescription for change, It Shouldn’t Be This Way is a unique look at the problems of long-term care. Robert L. Kane, a highly experienced physician and gerontologist, and his...


Life Worth Living: How Someone You Love Can Still Enjoy Life in a Nursing Home - The Eden Alternative in Action
William H. Thomas
0964108968
September 25, 1996
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Most American nursing homes spend far too much time treating chronic diseases and too little time providing compassionate care, asserts the author, a physician and former director of the Chase Memorial Nursing Home. In 1991, Thomas decided to try a different approach to life for the 80 residents of this upstate New York facility?an approach he calls the Eden Alternative. Motivated by a desire to enrich the home's physical and social environment, the staff introduced hundreds of indoor plants, 80 parakeets, dogs, cats, and other living things to share life with residents. Lawns became vegetable gardens, tended by staff and residents. A day-care center, after-school programs, and a summer camp brought children into the home. This book is an inspiring account of Edenizing this particular home, emphasizing the benefits...


How to Care for Aging Parents
Virginia Morris
0761134263
October 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Expanded to be over 650 pages this book covers all the emotional, legal, financial, medical, and logistical issues in caring for the elderly.

About the Author
Virginia Morris is an award-winning author and journalist, and a nationally recognized authority on eldercare. Her previous book is Talking About Death, published in paperback by Algonquin. Ms. Morris lives with her family in Sag Harbor, New York.


The Fearless Caregiver
Gary Barg
1931868565
Aug 2003
Paperback
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Senior News (NY), September, 2003
"It is written in a straightforward manner that is easy to understand."

Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Quest Magazine
"It’s sort of like a support group in a book, and...is a valuable addition to a caregiver’s toolbox." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The Goat Lady
Jane Bregoli
088448260X
May 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4–An elderly French Canadian named Noelie often drew criticism from the Dartmouth, MA, townsfolk because she kept a herd of white goats in her yard. Neighbors complained that the animals were noisy and unruly and that the house was unkempt. The author and her children befriended the old woman and found that she was gentle and kind. When Bregoli's daughter asked her to paint a picture of the Goat Lady, the artist painted a series of portraits and eventually exhibited them in a local art museum. The paintings helped others in the community to look past Noelie's mismatched clothes and odd ways and recognize her humble goodness. This gentle, straightforward narrative is told from the point of view of one of the children and is ideal for reading aloud. The book is illustrated with sharp color...


The Caregiver's Survival Handbook
Alexis Abramson
0399529985
Aug 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Abramson directs this sourcebook at "caregivers at both ends of the spectrum," so whether readers are occasionally helping their parents balance their checkbook or are regularly bathing, feeding and dressing elderly family members, they’ll find valuable advice in this volume. The author, an aging expert who frequently appears on the Today Show, covers a lot of ground, and does a better job with certain subjects than others. Her advice on healthcare issues—from making sure those over 65 get enough calcium to paying for prescription drugs—is sound, if sometimes basic. And for particular afflictions (e.g., Alzheimer’s, dexterity problems), readers may want something more specific. But Abramson excels when she addresses the guilt, frustration, anger, fatigue and burnout that befall many women...


Alzheimer's Disease
Lenore Powell
0738205982
Jan 2002
Paperback
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-New York Times
"Excellent.... Indispensable."

Book Description
(Perseus Publishing) Consumer text designed to help the reader overcome the many challenges in caring for and making decisions on behalf of a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. Previous edition: c1993. Softcover.

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Caring for Your Parents: The Complete AARP Guide
Hugh Delehanty
1402717393
April 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Filled with inspiring stories from real people and packed with creative ideas, this thought-provoking book shows readers how to transform caregiving into an act of spiritual growth and personal discovery.

Drawing on AARP's deep wellspring of expertise in the topic, AARP's Caring for Your Parents explains how to help your elderly parents improve their lives-with a difference. By revealing the wealth of knowledge we stand to learn from other cultures-specifically, those that venerate elders as keepers of priceless wisdom-this eye-opening book guides readers through a new, creative approach to caregiving that turns familial duty into a journey of emotional development and resolution.

Based on a 32-page National Magazine Award-nominated special feature, Caring for Your Parents documents...


Coping with Your Difficult Older Parent: A Guide For Stressed-Out Children
Grace Lebow
038079750X
January 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
...addresses common traits and issues that arise when adult children must cope with the demands of a critical and difficult aging parent.

About the Author
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.


The Comfort of Home: An Illustrated Step-By-Step Guide for Caregivers, 2nd Edition
Maria M. Meyer, Paula Derr
0966476735
April 2002
Paperback
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The Honorable Mark O. Hatfield, U.S. Senator
"...the bible for the vast majority of loving, but untrained and unskilled family members providing care for their loved ones."

Parkinson Report
…a masterful job that is both comprehensive and reader-friendly. …important focus on physical aspects of giving care…"

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Dementia Caregivers Share Their Stories
Lynda A. Markut
0826514804
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Replete with the powerful words of experienced caregivers, It Wasn’t Supposed to Be Like This is an essential guidebook for anyone who must attend to the needs of a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. In these pages, members of caregivers’ support groups - representing twenty-six families and a variety of professions and income levels - speak candidly about the challenges they have faced at every step in the caregiving process, from recognizing early symptoms of dementia to dealing with its advanced stages.Highlighting the ingenuity and resourcefulness of caregivers, the book brims with inspirational stories, practical advice, and creative approaches to problem-solving. Among the issues addressed are: Becoming a caregiver, whether for a spouse or parent Dealing with...


Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders
Mary Bray Pipher
1573227846
January 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Mary Pipher, author of the bestselling and groundbreaking Reviving Ophelia, which charts the troubled passage of girls into adolescence, has nimbly covered yet another psychological passage: that into old age, which May Sarton called "a foreign country."

Pipher reveals that the greatest shame for today's elders--most of whom survived the Depression--is not being self-sufficient. The majority of them stoically prefer to keep their feelings to themselves, and this is why it's so difficult to convince older parents to accept or even discuss such issues as physical and mental health, finances, eldercare, or living wills. This directly conflicts with the openness of their children, who grew up in the era of "free love" and were influenced by society (and the advent of psychology in the 1950s and popularization of therapy) to...



The Best Friends Staff: Building a Culture of Care in Alzheimer's Programs
Virginia Bell, David Troxel
1878812637
March 15, 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Alzheimer's Association, Lexington, KY. Provides tools for training staff so they can achieve better outcomes and enjoy rewarding experiences. Includes ideas for implementing change, learning exercises and games, tips for making improvements, advice on staff training and retention, and case studies illustrating successful programs. Softcover.

Book Info
Alzheimer's Association, Lexington, KY. Provides tools for training staff so they can achieve better outcomes and enjoy rewarding experiences. Includes ideas for implementing change, learning exercises and games, tips for making improvements, advice on staff training and retention, and case studies illustrating successful programs. Softcover.

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