The Reluctant Caregivers

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Although Hendershott has spent many years teaching and writing about the sociological aspects of aging, she writes that none of this could have prepared me for the overwhelming challenge of caring for my own mother-in-law in my home. She introduces baby boomers as the unexpected caregivers of the coming decades. The process of family denial about symptoms, work-family conflict, and the unique problems of children of caregivers are explored in an effort to find solutions to the ...

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Overview

Although Hendershott has spent many years teaching and writing about the sociological aspects of aging, she writes that none of this could have prepared me for the overwhelming challenge of caring for my own mother-in-law in my home. She introduces baby boomers as the unexpected caregivers of the coming decades. The process of family denial about symptoms, work-family conflict, and the unique problems of children of caregivers are explored in an effort to find solutions to the caregiving challenge.

Social science research is made accessible and is coupled with anecdotal information gleaned from interactions with other caregivers and personal experience. Throughout the book, Hendershott shows family caregivers that by gaining insight into their motivations for caregiving and by drawing from family support and help from the community, they can move beyond maladaptive caregiving coping styles, to a rewarding reality-based caregiving experience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897897112
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 166
  • Lexile: 1310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

ANNE HENDERSHOTT is Professor of Sociology at the University of San Diego. She has written and taught about work-family issues and is a frequent presenter at gerontology workshops and conferences.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction: Becoming a Caregiver ix
1 Moving from Denial to Diagnosis 1
2 Family Conflict and Caregiving 13
3 Creating a Safe Environment 31
4 Children Who Care 51
5 Solutions for the Reluctant Caregivers 65
6 Family Caregiving and the Workplace 77
7 Does This Run in the Family? 93
8 Caregiving and Quality of Life 105
9 The Caregiving Journey Ends 123
Appendix Resources 131
Bibliographic Essay 137
Index 145
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2000

    Reluctant Caregivers: Learning to Care for a Loved One with Alzheimer's

    I just learned my husband has 'the disease.' It was such an encouragement for BOTH of us to read Dr. Hendershott's book --- though, I must admit, my husband was more appreciative of the significance of his potentil deterioration after reading the book than even by the doctors' description. It was heartened too, because we were encouraged to look at the real meaning of the words we said to one another decades ago when we married!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2000

    Reluctant Caregivers: Learning to Care for a Loved One with Alzheimer's

    Dr. Hendershott has provided a WONDERFUL and comprehensive resource on the issues of caring for patients afflcited with Alzheimer's. It is most especially for caring for loved ones, who have truly passed on, but are still here.... I cannot offer a high level of praise, and I recommend it highly!

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