Parenting Your Parents: Support Strategies for Meeting the Challenge of Aging in America

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When our parents reach a certain age and have difficulty coping, we find ourselves wondering how to provide them with the kind of love, care, support, and attention they need just as they have done for us all our lives. Parenting Your Parents shows, through 20 case studies and the personal experiences of the authors, that you are not alone and offers crucial advice to help you along this difficult but rewarding journey. The book also offers a comprehensive planner to guide and collect information and ...

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Overview

When our parents reach a certain age and have difficulty coping, we find ourselves wondering how to provide them with the kind of love, care, support, and attention they need just as they have done for us all our lives. Parenting Your Parents shows, through 20 case studies and the personal experiences of the authors, that you are not alone and offers crucial advice to help you along this difficult but rewarding journey. The book also offers a comprehensive planner to guide and collect information and documentation that will be critical for the proper care of your parents.

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Editorial Reviews

Sharon Abron Drache

"... is a most welcome reference book for adult children of elderly parents who are seeking advice from the experts into whose hands they see their parents' health care ever-increasingly entrusted ... I highly recommend Parenting Your Parent for adult children dealing with elderly parents and for their own children who will surely face the challenges their parents are facing now."

701.com
"Bart Mindszenthry and Dr. Michael Gordon are to be commended on writing an accessible and extremely useful book that helps parents and their adults children through a stressful time of life for everyone concerned."
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"Bart Mindszenthry and Dr. Michael Gordon are to be commended on writing an accessible and extremely useful book that helps parents and their adults children through a stressful time of life for everyone concerned."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550026641
  • Publisher: Dundurn Press
  • Publication date: 2/17/2007
  • Edition description: American Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Bart J. Mindszenthy, APR, Fellow CPRS, is President of ZenCourt Inc., a Michigan-based firm specializing in organizational major change, conflict, and crisis communications and offering communications-based management training programs across North America

Dr. Michael Gordon, whose post-graduate medical training and experience span Canada and the United States, is head of Geriatrics and Internal Medicine at Toronto's Baycrest Geriatric Health Care System and Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. In 2004, Dr.Gordon was elected as a fellow to the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Their bestselling Canadian edition of Parenting Your Parents was first published in 2002, with a revised second edition in 2005.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Foreword

Introduction: The Case for the Cause: Caring for Aging Loved Ones Is a Major North American Social Issue and Challenge

Parenting Your Parents: Stepping into the Unknown

The Rocky Road of Responsibility

Case Studies:
1. Control: Laying on the Guilt Trip

2. Surgery: Weighing the Odds

3. Eldertravel: Balancing Risks and Benefits

4. Independence: Helping Parents Live Their Lives

5. Breaking the Mold: The Rebellious Grandmother

6. Culture Clash: Pitting Values against Needs

7. Substance Abuse: Drinking All Day Keeps Reality Away

8. Sexuality, Romance, and the Family: When Children Worry about Their Parents

9. Tapping the Human Spirit: It’s Never Too Late to Create

10. Siblings: In Charge and On the Attack

11. The Conflicted Single Child: A Confusing Battle of Priorities

12. Finding the Middle Ground: Engaging Mediation with Age Related Issues

13. The Stroke: Sudden Challenges and Changes

14. Dementia and Depression: Reading the Signs

15. Advancing Dementia: When Life Gets More Difficult

16. Technology: Opening New Avenues of Care Management

17. The Difficulties of Decision-Making: Deciding What Treatments Make the Most Sense

18. When Love and the Law Conflict: Who’s Right, Who has the Right?

19. We’re On Our Own: How to Plan for the Future

20. Finding a New Life: Corrections and Concerns

21. Decision Time: Planning for the Inevitable

22. End of Life: Caring and Sharing

23. Moving On: Living Life without a Loved One

More than the Birds and the Bees: Having the Conversation with Your Parent by Michael Gordon

Roz and Max by Michael Gordon

A Week of Trauma Sets the Stage for Years of Hurt and Hope by Bart Mindszenthy

The Personal Parenting Planner

The Financial Considerations: What You Need to Know

Directory of Key North American Resources

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2008

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    This book helped me get a context for what I am now experiencing with my aging parents, and the things I should think about and plan for. The planing section is amazingly helpful.

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