A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents--and Ourselves

A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents--and Ourselves

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A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents--and Ourselves by Jane Gross, Kate Reading

In telling the intimate story of caring for her aged and ailing mother, Jane Gross offers indispensable, and often surprising, advice for the rapidly increasing number of adult children responsible for aging parents. Gross deftly weaves the specifics of her personal experience-a widowed mother with mounting health problems, the attendant collision of fear and ignorance, the awkward role reversal of parent and child, unresolved family relationships with her mother and brother, the conflict between her day job and caregiving-with a comprehensive resource for effectively managing the lives of one's own parents while keeping sanity and strength intact. Packed with information, A Bittersweet Season explains which questions to ask when looking for a nursing home or assisted living facility; how to unravel the mysteries of Medicare and Medicaid; why finding a new general practitioner should always be the first move when relocating an elderly parent; how to weigh quality against quantity of life when considering medical interventions; why you should always keep a phone charger and an extra pair of glasses in your car; and much more. It also provides astute commentary on a national health care system that has stranded two generations to fend for themselves at this most difficult of times. No less important are the lessons of the human spirit that Gross learned in the last years of her mother's life, and afterward, when writing for the New York Times and The New Old Age, a blog she launched for the newspaper. Calling upon firsthand experience and extensive reporting, Gross recounts a story of grace and compassion in the midst of a crisis that shows us how the end of one life presents a bittersweet opportunity to heal old wounds and find out what we are made of. Wise, unflinching, and ever helpful, A Bittersweet Season is an essential guide for anyone navigating this unfamiliar, psychologically demanding, powerfully emotional, and often redemptive territory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452602097
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Edition description: Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jane Gross is a journalist who wrote for Sports Illustrated and the New York Times and the author of A Bittersweet Season.

Kate Reading, a freelance narrator for over twenty years, is an Audie Award and AudioFile Earphones Award winner and has been named Narrator of the Year by AudioFile magazine. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, the Washington Theatre Lobby Awards, and the Carbonell Awards in Florida.

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A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents--and Ourselves 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent mix of personal stories (that are educational, inspiring and sometimes humorous) and technical facts about the issues that we face as aging adults with or without aging parents. Some of the specific information will only be helpful to those who are caring for or about to care for aging parents. But the author's insight into human nature, our family relationships and how they shape our dealings with aging are extremely useful. For those who dare to think about their future and the future of those they love, this is a very important book. Don't understand the role of a nursing home? Take a read. Wonder what to expect of assisted living? There is something here. Care to consider how you will be able to assist your loved ones with safe transitions as their need for care increases? Ever think you might be overwhelmed yourself? I really can't recommend this book highly enough. I wish I was a better writer so that I could convey my belief in the importance of this book for all of us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My sister and I are in the thros of care for our parents. We are providing the assisted living required of two frail elders in their mid 90's who refuse to move from their home. This book reminds us to do our homework to find what is available and to find the small joys that are sandwiched between doctor appointments, calls to home care agencies and meal preparation. Care and comfort, quality over quantity are becoming the mantra. Reference links and organizations at the end of the book are invaluable , the local VNA has been there for our family for the last two years.
coordinator More than 1 year ago
To merely rate this book 5 star is not to do it justice. Its coverage of the gray areas between conventional old age and the downward spiral of old old age is brilliant. We have made this book manadatory reading for officers of our Continuing Care Retirement Community.
Cyndi_Florida More than 1 year ago
Required to read for my college course, I find this novel to be very consistent with my own experiences with my loved one. Trying to be a supporting factor for a parent is hectic and this book gives an in-depth look into Jane's trials and triumphs during her mom's illness. I embraced this novel, I'm sure you will appreciate it too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very inspirational book. My wife found a reference to this book in our local newspaper. Our family is going through very similar issues. I highly recommend this book. It's nice to know that we are not alone, we not the first family ever to experience the dilemma of caring for an aged family member.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic book! At times, it was hard to read because you could feel the sadness for the author's loss. The amount of information about dealing with Medicare, Medicaid, and nursing homes is invaluable. Everone who has an aging parent should read this and other books like it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It also has lists of good resources for more help and information.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are in the position of having to care for an aging parent, this is a must read. No one is prepared and no one knows how to do this task. The continual dilemma is overpowering and as the author describes her own experience, you are not comforted that your situation will be different. the resources presented are good if not depressing. Unlike the author, I always have had a close caring relationship with my parent. No matter, everything still applies. The frustration, uncertainty of all levels is demonstrated by the author. The reality is deafening!
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