Life with Pop: Lessons on Caring for an Aging Parent

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With, humor, insight, and love, bestselling author Janis Abrahms Spring offers a tender portrait of a daughter caring for her father through his final years of life.

After her mother died, Janis Abrahms Spring "inherited" her father-Pop-and set off on an all-consuming five-year mission to make his days as rich and comfortable as possible. In beautifully crafted vignettes, Janis brings their deepening relationship to life-both the joy and the ...

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Overview

With, humor, insight, and love, bestselling author Janis Abrahms Spring offers a tender portrait of a daughter caring for her father through his final years of life.

After her mother died, Janis Abrahms Spring "inherited" her father-Pop-and set off on an all-consuming five-year mission to make his days as rich and comfortable as possible. In beautifully crafted vignettes, Janis brings their deepening relationship to life-both the joy and the imposition, the happiness and the heartaches.

From her unique perspective as a clinical psychologist-weaving-together her personal story with the confessions of her patients-Janis explores the emotional and practical complexities of parenting a parent. Inspiring, deeply moving, and frank, Life with Pop is an ultimately comforting meditation on a universal experience, as well as a book with profound lessons on how to grow old gracefully.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583333952
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 962,494
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D., is a nationally acclaimed psychologist and bestselling author. Her first book, After the Affair was a finalist for “Best First Book” and “Best Relationship Book,” Books for a Better Life Awards. Her second book, How Can I Forgive You? was a finalist for “Best Psychology Book,” Books for a Better Life Award. Dr. Spring is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, a recipient of the Connecticut Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Practice of Psychology, and has served as a clinical supervisor in the Department of Psychology at Yale University.

Dr. Spring trains hundreds of therapists each year. She is a popular media guest on programs such as NPR, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360, and the CBS Early Show, and she presents regularly at such public venues as The Smithsonian Institute, The 92nd Street Y, Omega Institute, and Kripalu Institute. She and her husband live in Westport, Connecticut, and have four sons.

Michael Spring, her husband, is former publisher of Frommer’s Travel Guides at John Wiley and Sons, and co-author of After the Affair and How Can I Forgive You? He has a B.A. from Haverford College and an M.A. in English Literature from Columbia University.

Michael Spring is former publisher of Frommer’s Travel Guides at John Wiley and Sons, and co-author of After the Affair and How Can I Forgive You? He has a B.A. from Haverford College and an M.A. in English Literature from Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

Days of Awe, October 3, 2005 1

A Good Woman Dies, October 21, 2000 3

Self-forgiveness 6

The Funeral, October 24, 2000 8

Home Care, December 10, 2000 11

Independent Living, February 8, 2001 13

Summerwood, February 28, 2001 14

The Hardware Store, March 1, 2001 17

Guilt and Sorrow 18

Shall We Dance?, March 18, 2001 19

A Fraternity of Men, April 24, 2001 21

"Last Night, When We Were Young," April 25, 2001 24

Elizabeth Park, May 25, 2001 26

Name-calling, May 30, 2001 27

A Perfect Fit, June 10, 2001 28

The Responsible Child 29

Transitions, July 8 and 15, 2001 32

The Podiatrist, July 16 and 20, 2001 36

Estee, August 9, 2001 38

The Pill Dispenser, September 30, 2001 40

Who Wants to Treat a Medicare Patient? 43

Remembering Mom, October 18, 2001 45

Money Secrets, December 6, 2001 46

The Lost Watch, January 5, 2002 49

Prunes, January 19, 2002 51

Harold, February 22 and 29, 2002 52

To Be of Use, April 8, 2002 54

Why I Visit Dad, May 30, 2002 56

Generations 57

People Skills, June 19, 2002 59

Sophie, July 8, 2002 61

Choices, September 10, 2002 63

The Driving Test, October 18-19, 2002 64

An Apple for Ruth, December 8, 2002 66

The Dream, February 18-21, 2003 69

Locked in the Car, April 30, 2003 73

Too Tired to Bother, June 15, 2003 74

A Great Bagel, July 25, 2003 75

An Act of Kindness, September 1, 2003 77

The Pee Bottle, October 20-24, 2003 80

A Good Poop, November 12, 2003 82

It's My Turn, February 3, 2004 83

Ingratitude 84

Valentine's Day, February 14, 2004 87

Baby Steps, March 15, 2004 88

A Nice Fruit Salad, April 28, 2004 90

Engagement Party, May 7, 2004 91

Muriel, May 14, 2004 93

A Trip to Goodspeed, May 16, 2004 95

Shavuot, May 24, 2004 96

Private Parts, May 24, 2004 98

The Gift, May 26, 2004 100

Five More Years, June 4, 2004 101

Robin 102

The Emergency Room, June 21, 2004 104

The Lesson, July 20, 2004 106

The Walker, August 10, 2004 107

Early Alzheimer's, September 5-6, 2004 109

More Secrets, September 25, 2004 111

Car Talk, October 30, 2004 113

Dial-a-Ride, December 1 and 4, 2004 115

The Birthday Party, December 18, 2004 118

Forgiveness, December 20, 2004 121

Forgiveness Redux 123

Who Are You?, January 12, 2005 124

A Taste of Mortality, January 17, 2005 126

Time Flies, January 18, 2005 127

Life and Death, January 19, 2005 129

A Day in the Madhouse, January 26, 2005 130

Glue Pudding, February 13, 2005 133

The Empty Chair, March 13-15, 2005 134

Like an Animal, April 3-4, 2005 136

Elder Abuse 139

A Day in the Park, April 15, 2005 142

Human Touch, April 30, 2005 143

Replacing Mom, May 1, 2005 147

A Sense of Humor, May 7, 2005 149

Karma, May 24, 2005 150

OCD, June 3, 2005 153

The Fight, June 11, 2005 156

Short-term Memory Loss, July 16, 2005 158

The Caretaker, July 27, 2005 159

Rome, Shmome, August 1, 2005 162

Compassion Fatigue, August 11, 2005 164

Meryl 166

Diaper Dependence, August 20, 2005 168

The Language of Love, August 26, 2005 169

Silence Is Golden, September 7, 2005 169

Tillie, September 8, 2005 172

Another Day, Another Crisis, September 23-24, 2005 174

The J-tube, September 25, 2005 177

Pop, the Book, September 26, 2005 179

Terry Schiavo, September 26, 2005 180

Sibling Rivalry, September 27, 2005 182

More Sibling Rivalry 183

DNR, September 27, 2005 188

Human Errors, September 27-28, 2005 189

Unspoken Words, September 28, 2005 190

The D Word, September 29, 2005 191

Indecision, September 30, 2005 194

Joan 196

The Shame of Money, October 1, 2005 201

The Consultation, October 3, 2005 202

Hospice, October 5, 2005 207

A Visit from Sister Sue, October 6, 2005 209

Regret 211

A Good Man Dies, October 7, 2005 213

On Growing Old, October 16, 2005 214

Days of Awe, October 3, 2005 219

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    compelling,personal,honest

    Janis Spring has written a wonderfully honest book about her experience, letting us in on a most heartwarming and heart wrenching journey: ushering a parent through the end of life with dignity,grace and love. She opens herself to us, sharing the best and worst of a difficult journey. I couldn't put the book down, and then had to read it all again. My own experience with my mother only recently behind me, I found myself nodding vehement agreement to many of the frustrations ,and laughing with, and admiring, the humor and intelligence of our too often neglected and dismissed seniors. The stories they could tell, the lessons they could teach, if we only listen. A wonderful story, shared eloquently.

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