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How to Care for Aging Parents
Virginia Morris
0761134263
October 2004
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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.


A Thousand Acres : A Novel
Jane Smiley
1400033837
December 2, 2003
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Book Review
Aging Larry Cook announces his intention to turn over his 1,000-acre farm--one of the largest in Zebulon County, Iowa--to his three daughters, Caroline, Ginny and Rose. A man of harsh sensibilities, he carves Caroline out of the deal because she has the nerve to be less than enthusiastic about her father's generosity. While Larry Cook deteriorates into a pathetic drunk, his daughters are left to cope with the often grim realities of life on a family farm--from battering husbands to cutthroat lenders. In this winner of the 1991 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, Smiley captures the essence of such a life with stark, painful detail. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the NBCC...


Are Your Parents Driving You Crazy
Joseph A. Ilardo
1889242187
Nov 2005
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Book Description
Award-winning practical guide for people whose parents are still comepetent and living on their own but showing signs of aging.


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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Caring for Yourself While Caring for Your Aging Parents
Claire Berman
0805079750
Dec 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Berman (Making It as a Stepparent) here offers an empathetic guide to caring for elderly parents. Drawing from personal experience, research and anecdotal reports, she cogently addresses the emotional and physical problems involved, all the while emphasizing the importance of caring for oneself. Following the overview delivered in introductory chapters, Berman examines such specific areas as financing, trying to care for needy parents long-distance, sharing the care among siblings and coping with loss. Keeping a clear eye on the emotional component, which is inevitably involved in decisions in which children become responsible for their parents, Berman delivers sensible advice and practical help. Appendices include a Caregiver's Bill of Rights; lists of support organizations, including state departments on aging,...


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...


Another Country : Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders
Mary Pipher
1573227846
March 1, 2000
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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...



King Lear (SparkNotes No Fear Shakespeare)
SparkNotes Editors
158663853X
July 2003
Paperback
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Eldercare 911
Susan Beerman
159102014X
Jan 2002
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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...


Loving Your Parents when They Can No Longer Love You
Terry D. Hargrave
0310255635
March 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Insights on Caring for Any Aging Parent
• Timely guidance for the challenges
• Encouragement for the journey

You had plans for this time in your life, but now a parent needs care. It’s a confusing, stressful, and exhausting time. But it can also be a time of remarkable spiritual growth. Loving Your Parents When They Can No Longer Love You helps you navigate your role as caregiver with God’s grace and guidance. And it alerts you to the difficult issues you may face, such as:

• Legal and financial decisions
• How much care will be needed and when
• Evaluating different living options
• Depression, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease
• Caring for a parent who has mistreated you
• Accepting and planning for...


The Complete Eldercare Planner, Second Edition : Where to Start, Which Questions to Ask, and How to Find Help
Joy Loverde
0812932781
April 25, 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...


Nora and Liz
Nancy Garden
1931513201
Dec 2002
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Book Description
When her rental car has a flat tire, Liz Hardy stops at the old Tillot farm to borrow a car jack. Nora Tillot gladly walks Liz to the barn and as they search for the jack, the two women begin a journey neither anticipated. As the tender friendship turns passionate, Nora and Liz`s happiness is shattered by accusations and rumors. Trying desperately to rise above the tumult, they silently wonder if their love can survive . . .

From the Publisher
Nancy Garden has published over 30 books since 1971. Her classic young adult novel, Annie On My Mind, is one of the most important young adult novels published in the last 40 years. She lives with her partner and they divide their time between a small town in Massachusetts and a cabin in Maine.


Caring for Yourself while Caring for Your Aging Parents: How to Help, how to Survive
Claire Berman
080506804X
September 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Berman (Making It as a Stepparent) here offers an empathetic guide to caring for elderly parents. Drawing from personal experience, research and anecdotal reports, she cogently addresses the emotional and physical problems involved, all the while emphasizing the importance of caring for oneself. Following the overview delivered in introductory chapters, Berman examines such specific areas as financing, trying to care for needy parents long-distance, sharing the care among siblings and coping with loss. Keeping a clear eye on the emotional component, which is inevitably involved in decisions in which children become responsible for their parents, Berman delivers sensible advice and practical help. Appendices include a Caregiver's Bill of Rights; lists of support organizations, including state departments on aging,...


The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers : Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent
Barry J. Jacobs
1572307293
March 15, 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
For anyone with the responsibility of caring for a sick or disabled parent, this clear-eyed guide will be of real assistance. Jacobs, director of behavioral sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Pennsylvania, knows firsthand the emotional and financial devastation such illness can cause: his father died of cancer when Jacobs was 13. He illustrates the problems caregivers face through the story of two women (composites of caregivers he has known), middle-aged, married sisters struggling with the cancer of their widowed mother from diagnosis to death. As Jacobs points out, the sisters, their mother and her doctors are not perfect models of resilience and wisdom: rather, they're average people whom readers will be able to identify with and learn from. Through this story, Jacobs...


Taking Care of Parents Who Didn't Take Care of You : Making Peace with Aging Parents
Eleanor Cade
1568388799
September 1, 2002
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Book Description
This is a guide to taking care of difficult parents, parents who were themselves not very good at parenting. Sympathetic and sensible, it suggests ways to navigate the minefields of aging parents and family dysfunctions and shows how to create new, emotionally healthy roles among the old family scripts. The book illustrates its many guidelines and suggestions with stories from others who have shared the same, difficult journey. Readers will discover that it is possible to come to terms with the dysfunctions in their families of origin and find healing in the process. Dysfunctional or not, our parents are going to be around a lot longer than any other generation before them, and we will be faced with managing their care. Taking Care of Parents Who Didn’t Take Care of You offers readers compassionate and practical...


Coping with Your Difficult Older Parent: A Guide For Stressed-Out Children
Grace Lebow
038079750X
January 1999
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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.


Is Your Parent in Good Hands
Edward J. Carnot
1931868379
Jan 2003
Paperback
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Library Journal, October 15, 2003
"...this book should serve as a cautionary tale for adult children of older parents."

Book Description
Today an estimated 30 million Americans are struggling with the healthcare issues of elderly parents - many of them from far away. How can we be sure our parents are being well cared for, how can we protect them from abuse? In Is Your Parent in Good Hands? attorney Edward Carnot offers sound practical advice on these troubling issues - based on his personal and professional experience..

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Doctor's Daughter
Hilma Wolitzer
034548584X
February 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A keen observer of the drama inherent in family dynamics, Wolitzer (Ending; Hearts; etc.) returns after a 12-year hiatus with this novel about Alice Brill, a 51-year-old wife, mother, frustrated writer and "book doctor" who wakes one morning with a disturbing pressure behind her sternum. The daughter of a once renowned but now senile surgeon, Alice initially thinks her symptom might be a sign of breast cancer, which took her mother's life 30 years before. Or could it be psychological: a reaction to being downsized as senior editor at a book publisher? or a premonition that the recent squabbling with her husband, Everett, signals a point of no return in an often competitive marriage? Is it unfulfilled creative impulse? In her attempt to diagnose her symptom, Alice scours her childhood relationship with her then...


Nights in Aruba
Andrew Holleran
0060937343
Dec 2001
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Book Description
This groundbreaking novel of gay life centers around Paul, an uneasy commuter between two parallel worlds. He is the dutiful son of aging, upper-middle-class parents living in Florida, and a homosexual man plunged deliriously into the world of New York City's bars, baths, and one-night stands. With wry humor and subtle lyricism, Holleran reveals the tragedy and comedy of one man's struggle to come to terms with middle age, homosexuality, truth, love, and life itself.

About the Author
Andrew Holleran, a Harvard graduate, is a well-known journalist and frequent contributor to major gay publications. Dancer from the Dance, his first novel, was originally published in 1978 to great critical acclaim. He is also the author of Nights in Aruba, The Beauty of Men, Ground...


Because I Said So : 33 Mothers Write About Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race, and Themselves [BARGAIN PRICE]
Kate Moses, Camille Peri
B000EBCPCG
May 1, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Moses and Peri, who edited Mothers Who Think, an American Book Award–winning anthology based on a Salon.com column, have gathered some 33 talented mothers (including writers Rosellen Brown, Janet Fitch, Ayelet Waldman and Ann Hulbert, among others) discussing aspects of "real motherhood" today. True, most of their issues—spousal abuse, divorce, cancer, step-parenting, single mothering—aren't new. Some contributors, like Mariane Pearl, the widow of journalist Danny Pearl, have even published their thoughts elsewhere. What's magical about this collection, though, is what happens when such diverse accounts are stitched together in a single volume: a new picture emerges of what it means to be a mother in modern America. Chemo treatments may leave you bald. Your kids may suffer from "KGOY—kids...


The Parent Care Conversation
Daniel Taylor
0143037641
Aug 2006
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Caregiver's Survival Handbook: How to Care for Your Aging Parent without Losing Yourself
Alexis Abramson
0399529985
August 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...


Crossroads at Midlife
Frances Cohen Praver
0275981835
June 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Praver, a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, draws on her own life experiences and those of her patients to deliver an informative and insightful look at midlife, when many people are challenged with caring for aging parents and children at a particularly vulnerable time in their own lives. She strongly advises self-assessment and transformation, "getting your own house in order," before focusing on the needs of parents and children. Too many of the stresses experienced by people in midlife have to do with unresolved issues in their own lives that are compounded by the demands of caring for others. Drawing on case studies, Praver illustrates the stresses on relationships that are exacerbated by the need to care for multiple generations. Praver examines the role reversals, guilt, anxiety, and fear experienced as...


Quick Tips for Caregivers
Marion Karpinski
0965387399
November 15, 2000
Paperback
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National Alliance for Caregiving, Family Care Resource Connection
Four stars! This is a worthwhile book that should be on the shelf of every in-home caregiver. Highly recommended.

Book Description
Quick Tips for Caregivers provides thorough instruction in basic caregiving procedures, gives cogent advice on safety, and presents practical suggestions to help caregivers reduce stress and obtain outside support. Topics include positioning someone in bed, personal care, infection control, nutrition, safe medication use, wheelchair use, fall prevention, and fire safety. The book is enriched with 47 illustrations.

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Hard Questions for Adult Children and Their Aging Parents
Susan Piver
1592400779
October 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
With 100 questions on topics ranging from the practical to the emotional, the author makes it possible to have candid, comforting conversations that will have lasting benefits. Designed to facilitate this delicate process and give all members of the family time for contemplation.

About the Author
Susan Piver is the author of The Hard Questions: 100 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Say "I Do," which spent nine weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, and The Hard Questions for an Authentic Life (Gotham, January 2004). She is frequently featured in the media, including appearances on Oprah and the Today show. She is also the founder and creative director of Padma Media, producing special book packages for bestselling authors.

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