My Mother's Hip: Lessons from the World of Eldercare

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Because people are living longer, they are much more likely to suffer from osteoporosis and the resulting bone loss. As a result, hip fractures in the elderly make up a modern epidemic: some 400,000 fractures occur annually, mostly among the aged. An anthropologist by training, Margolies (clinical research director, Hip Fracture Research Project of South Florida) provides both a personal narrative of her experiences caring for her mother, who suffered a hip fracture, and a well-documented factual presentation of the medical and health issues related to eldercare in America. She writes that her "mother's hip is every mother's hip," and this is certainly true: many of us will be able to identify with the author as she details her mother's journey through a difficult and flawed healthcare system. Topics addressed in the nonbiographical chapters include hip fracture, nursing homes, advance directives, daughters as caregivers, prolonging life, and residential design for the elderly. Although her text is at times a bit strident, the author provides valuable lessons. Enthusiastically recommended for public and health sciences libraries.-Linda M.G. Katz, Drexel Univ. Health Sciences Libs., Philadelphia Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592132386
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 2/13/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: My Mother's Hip 1
Ch. 1 Coral Bay Memorial Hospital: "I broke my hips." 7
Lesson 1 Hip Fracture, the Silent Killer: The New Hip-Fracture Epidemic 30
Ch. 2 Sacred Heart Hospital: "She's not in her room. She's in therapy right now." 49
Lesson 2 Advance Directives or Misdirectives?: Interpreting a Parent's Last Wishes 90
Ch. 3 Home: "I didn't think I would live to come home." 98
Lesson 3 Who Cares?: Daughters Care for Their Elderly Parents 130
Ch. 4 The Palms at Palm-Aire: "Everyone here is berserk." 148
Lesson 4 Nursing Homes Are Dangerous to Your Health: The Medical Model for Housing the Elderly 176
Ch. 5 Coral Bay II: "You're ready to leave. Your condition is stable." 197
Lesson 5 Enough Is Enough: Prolonging Living or Prolonging Dying? 225
Ch. 6 From LovingCare to Victoria Park: "Yes, we have a Medicare bed." 237
Lesson 6 I'd Rather Age in Place: Residential Design for Elder Living 273
Ch. 7 Boca Raton Medical Center: "Your mother's condition is critical." 286
Lesson 7 Who Decides?: Resuscitation and an Equitable Decision 297
Ch. 8 Heartbroken: "I have only my memories." 300
Epilogue: En Route 323
References 331
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2005


    A sincere look of real life experiences in dealing with a frail parent. This book is a must read for anyone. I really recommend this book to anyone, not just if you have a frail parent. There are wonderful lessons to learn from, and just the type of book once you start reading you wont stop.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2004

    Amazingly accurate

    My Mothers Hip is a well-written journey into the world of eldercare. Motivated by love, the author encounters the frustrating complexities of the current healthcare system, as she tries to aid each of her aging parents. This is a must-read, as our aging population increases, and family members are sure to encounter similar experiences

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