Role Reversal: How to Take Care of Yourself and Your Aging Parents

Role Reversal: How to Take Care of Yourself and Your Aging Parents

by Iris Waichler, MSW, LCSW


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Designed to help caregivers understand how to cope with and overcome the overwhelming challenges that arise while caregiving for a loved one—especially an aging parent—Role Reversal is a comprehensive guide to navigating the enormous daily challenges faced by caregivers. In these pages, Waichler blends her personal experience caring for her beloved father with her forty years of expertise as a patient advocate and clinical social worker. The result is a book offering invaluable information on topics ranging from estate planning to grief and anger to building a support network and finding the right level of care for your elderly parent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631520914
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Iris Waichler, MSW, LCSW has been a licensed clinical social worker and patient advocate for over forty years. She worked as a medical social worker in three major teaching hospitals. This is her third book; her last book, Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster, won four book awards, including “Best Book of the Year” from the National Association of Parenting Publications (NAPPA) and a Mom’s Choice Award. She has also been a Foreword Magazine and USABookNews finalist for best book of the year. Waichler has led workshops and done group, family, and individual counseling with people struggling with a variety of medical problems. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Steve, and her daughter, Grace.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Challenges-and Rewards-of the Parental Role Reversal ix

Part 1

Chapter 1 The Early Years Coping with Grief and Loss of Family 3

Chapter 2 My Father Goes to War Understanding and Coping with Memory Loss 22

Chapter 3 Marriage, Home, and Family Adult Children as Caretakers and the Challenges of Long Distance 43

Chapter 4 Coping with Cancer When a loved One Has a Terminal Illness 68

Chapter 5 Aging and Living Alone Seniors at Home: Driving, Care Options, and Medications 97

Chapter 6 Transitions: Leaving Home Finding the Right Assisted-Living Community 123

Chapter 7 Life in Dad's Pad and an Unexpected Illness Assessing Life at Home and the Caretaking Team 143

Chapter 8 No Mas 165

Part 2

Chapter 9 How to Manage Hospital and Insurance Bills 195

Chapter 10 Preventing Identity Theft 209

Chapter 11 What You Need to Know about Nursing Homes 219

Chapter 12 An Overview of Estate Planning 234

Chapter 13 The Challenges Associated with End of Life: Legal Documents, Funeral Arrangements, and More 244

Chapter 14 Additional Caregiver Resources 258

Notes 272

Acknowledgments 279

About the Author 282

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