Honoring Aging Parents: How to Grow Up When Mom and Dad Grow Old

Honoring Aging Parents: How to Grow Up When Mom and Dad Grow Old


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Honoring Aging Parents: How to Grow Up When Mom and Dad Grow Old by Klaus Dannenberg

As our parents age and become unable to care for themselves, a growing reality for adults today is transitioning our parents from independence to dependent living. This challenges our maturity and character, resulting in frustration for everyone involved. Honoring Aging Parents helps anticipate and alleviate emotional turmoil with real-life examples that stick in readers’ minds and that help understand normal responses of both caregivers and parents. Honoring Aging Parents helps eliminate feelings of anxiety and isolation due to our parents’ aging by addressing the normal responses involved.

Authors Klaus Dannenberg and Bruce Black provide insights into these situations, including the mix of emotions encountered, a financial assessment, a summary of options, and prompts for tough conversations with both parents and siblings. They discuss the transition into a caregiving role and the challenges created by dependent living—not just medical issues but the associated emotional roller coaster. Dannenberg and Black also confront tough subjects like the loss of a parent’s mental faculties and preparing for the end. In hindsight, they relate the unexpected growth and contentment discovered throughout this process.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781539853398
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/27/2017
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Retired engineering executive Klaus Dannenberg writes from his own diverse experiences caring for his in-laws while simultaneously observing his father’s decline after his mother passed away. Dannenberg and his wife spent twelve years navigating multiple levels of caregiving while helping her mother and father as they encountered the gradual decline of Alzheimer’s and congestive heart failure. Additional situations and challenges were encountered after his father's May-December remarriage.

Practicing minister Bruce Black dealt with very different circumstances providing insights to additional caregiving situations. When his mother-in-law suffered a debilitating stroke, he and his wife were thrust into a major caregiving situation overnight, unprepared for their new responsibilities. He recently began offering counseling in gerontology.

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