Eldercare For Dummies

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Cope with legal, financial, and medical issues

Minimize anxiety and stress and make the later years golden

Need help caring for an elderly loved one? This sensitive, reassuring guide provides strategies for assessing older persons' needs, arranging for care, ensuring their safety, and enhancing quality of life – all while respecting their dignity. You'll see how to manage ...

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Overview

Cope with legal, financial, and medical issues

Minimize anxiety and stress and make the later years golden

Need help caring for an elderly loved one? This sensitive, reassuring guide provides strategies for assessing older persons' needs, arranging for care, ensuring their safety, and enhancing quality of life – all while respecting their dignity. You'll see how to manage physical disabilities and chronic health problems, evaluate nursing homes, and help elders control their destinies.

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  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764524691
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/5/2003
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 361,303
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachelle Zukerman, PhD (Woodland Hills, CA), is a gerontologist, licensed clinical social worker, and Associate Professor of Social Welfare at the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. Dr. Zukerman taught clinical gerontology as a visiting professor at Hong Kong University and was a 1998—99 Fulbright Scholar to Taiwan where she taught counseling methods for elderly clients and their families.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Entering the World of Caregiving.

Chapter 1: Eldercare Basics.

Chapter 2: The Elderly Are Like Vintage Computers.

Chapter 3: Old Age Is a Family Affair: Deciding Who, What, Where, and When.

Chapter 4: Where to Turn When Your Elder Needs a New Home.

Part II: Mastering Everyday Challenges.

Chapter 5: Sleeping Well Means Doing Well.

Chapter 6: Helping Finicky Eaters.

Chapter 7: Helping Elderly People Be All That They Can Be.

Chapter 8: Sharing the Caring.

Chapter 9: Growing Closer and Dearer: Improving Relationships.

Part III: Keeping Elderly Folks Safe and Sound.

Chapter 10: Living Well with Chronic Medical Conditions.

Chapter 11: Just Say “Yes” to Health-Giving Drugs.

Chapter 12: Protective Doohickeys and Thingamajigs.

Chapter 13: Dealing with Leaky Plumbing and Other Incontinence Problems.

Chapter 14: Getting Out and About.

Part IV: The Blues, the “Good Old Days,” and Other Senior Moments.

Chapter 15: When the Clouds Roll In: Dealing with Depression.

Chapter 16: Managing Anxiety.

Chapter 17: All About Alzheimer’s Disease.

Chapter 18: Managing the Distressing Behavior and Emotions of Confused Elderly.

Part V: Making the Final Years Golden.

Chapter 19: When “The Apple of Your Eye” Needs a Peer.

Chapter 20: Keeping Your Elder at the Helm.

Chapter 21: Keeping the Bill Collector from the Door.

Chapter 22: Helping Spiritual and Religious Elderly “Keep the Faith”.

Chapter 23: Ensuring a Good Death.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 24: Ten Tests to Help You Assess a Nursing Home.

Chapter 25: Ten Ways (More or Less) That Elders Hide Their Feelings.

Index.

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  • Posted July 9, 2010

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    This Is a Must have book for anyone caring for the Elderly!A book everyone should read!!

    I got a copy of this book thru my local library here in my home town to help my feel more relaxed in caring for the elderly career wise..i also found the book to be witty and in lightening.Kept my interest all the way thru the book i could not put in down...With having two parent's getting up in years and going thru illness this book has really taught me to be more understanding with my own parents as well as any other elderly people i meet on a regular basis from day to day...This book covers many ,many inlightening topics in dealing with the elderly...Also covers topics on how to pick a good quality nursing home for the elderly as well as other options..also covers understanding the difference between medicade and medicare coverage etc...and how to choose the best care for your loved ones...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2007

    Eldercare for Dummies

    I was tipped off to this book by one of my patient¿s family members. The family member exclaimed that this book helped them get though many tough times in the last year while caring for their mother. Working in the field of geriatrics I am always looking for good resources to help my patients and their families. When I picked up the book, I was not disappointed. The book simply and practically covers many issues related to caring for the older adult. The down to earth explanation of the aging process lays the groundwork for understanding what happens as the body ages. Complicated issues such as nursing home placement, dietary issues, and sleep problems are addressed in a down to earth practical way. Common medical issues are dealt with in an easy to understand format. This book is a tremendous resource with many checklists and tips to help the older adult take control of their health. I found much inspiration in this book as I was writing my book Health Care Responsibility: The Older Adults Guide to Surviving the Health Care System 'HCR Books, 2007'. I highly recommend this book as a tremendous resource for any older adult or those caring for one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2006

    Valuable Guide to Eldercare Topics

    From the first page to the last, this guide offers practical, hands-on tips for navigating the maze of eldercare. As our population ages, more and more people find themselves thrust into the role of caregiver for aging relatives--often parents---usually with little or no background to prepare them for this role. Eldercare for Dummies is easy-to-understand, engaging and witty, not overly technical or bogged down with research. Targeted directly to readers who face caring for an aging loved one, it guides them through assessing the current needs of the senior, choosing and arranging for appropriate care, ensuring safety, and helping to maintain happiness and quality of life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2003

    just what you need

    Super guidebook - helps you navigate all the many problems and situations faced in caring for the elderly. Obviously written by someone with excellent academic credentials who has 'been there'

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