Caring for Your Parents The Complete Family Guide

ISBN-10: 140275857X
ISBN-13: 9781402758577
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Description: Drawing on AARP's deep wellspring of expertise in the topic, AARP'sCaring for Your Parentsoffers both sensitive counsel and a practical road map through the complex emotional terrain many of us face as our parents age. This eye-opening book guides  More...

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Book details

List price: $12.95
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
Publication date: 4/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Drawing on AARP's deep wellspring of expertise in the topic, AARP'sCaring for Your Parentsoffers both sensitive counsel and a practical road map through the complex emotional terrain many of us face as our parents age. This eye-opening book guides readers through a new, creative approach to caregiving that turns familial duty into a journey of emotional development and resolution. Based on a 32-page National Magazine Award-nominated special feature,Caring for Your Parentsdocuments the innovative ways that real people cope with this age-old issue. Throughout the book you will find useful, field-tested recommendations from AARP’s staff of experts. Topics explored in depth run the gamut from locating quality health care and dealing with the bureaucracy of Medicare to avoiding consumer scams, organizing caregiving from afar, and planning the disposition of an estate. There are tips on designing your parents’ house to make it more elder-friendly, navigating the hidden dangers of assisted living, and dealing with the invisible sibling issue. A resource guide in each chapter lists help lines, websites, and consumer action groups. Thirty million Americans are looking for a new, more effective approach to eldercare.Caring for Your Parentsis the answer.

Phil Jackson was born in Deer Lodge, Montana on September 17, 1945. He graduated from the University of North Dakota. He played professional basketball for 11 seasons with the New York Knicks. After coaching in the Canadian Basketball Association and serving as the Chicago Bulls assistant coach for two years, he became the Bulls coach from 1989-1998. He coached the Bulls to six championships in the eight seasons between 1990-91 and 1997-98. He was the coach for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1999-2004 and from 2005 to 2011. He has written several books including The Last Season, which describes his point of view of the tensions that surrounded the 2003-04 Lakers team, and Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior, which is about mindful basketball and delineates his personal philosophy as well as his coaching and leadership style, based on Eastern and Native American principles. Jackson is also the author of Eleven Rings: The Soul of Successs.

Foreword
Introduction
Bringing Up the Subject
The New Touchy Subject
Competing Agendas
Ghosts in the Room
Beyond Either/Or
The Pre-Talk Talk
What Could They Be Thinking?
Breaking the Ice
Organizing a Family Meeting
The Actual Talk
Resources
Sidebars
Decisions for the Future
The Best-Laid Plans
Practically Speaking
The Sibling Balancing Act
Resentment, Take 2
Opening the Lines
"To Bring Them Together Again"
Old Family Scripts
Cultural Imperatives
Resources
Sidebars
Caregiving at a Distance
Choosing a Geriatric Care Manager
VSS: Vanishing Sibling Syndrome
But Who Will Care for Me?
Eight Is Just Enough
Your Parent's Best Advocate
The Organized Advocate
Managing Health Care
Hospital Bills and Insurance Claims
Dealing with Nursing Homes
Scam Alert!
Lawyering Up
Resources
Sidebars
Laying the Groundwork
Questions for the Doctor
Decoding a Prescription
Issues of Race and Class
A Patient's Bill of Rights
Coping with Hospital Bills
A Nursing Home Resident's Bill of Rights
Shred, Don't Pitch
Money Matters
Sizing Up the Situation
And the Bottom Line Is...
Things Look Good for Now-What's Next?
The Question of Long-Term Care
Do Your Homework
Reality Knocks
Resources
Sidebars
Key Questions
Should You Worry?
Making Ends Meet (Sort of)
Be a Fraud Detector
Choosing a Financial Planner
Long-Term Care Insurance Costs
A Small Family Relying on Friends
The Body
What Is "Normal" Aging?
Choosing a Doctor
A Pound of Prevention
The Changing Senses
Common Ailments
Didn't Sleep a Wink
Resources
Sidebars
A Test in Time
Mountain Man
Preventing Falls
The Unsinkable Wally Ristow
Warning Signs 1
Warning Signs 2
Getting Some Shut-Eye
The Brain
The Truth About Depression
No Turning Back
"Everything Has an Air of Strangeness"
The Road Ahead
Resources
Sidebars
My Father's Blog
Signs of Depression
Is It Alzheimer's?
Minimizing Stroke Damage
Routine Therapy
Design for Living with Dementia
At the Crossroads
The Medicare Maze
The ABCDs of Medicare
Medicare Part A: Hospital Insurance
Medicare Part B: Medical Insurance
Medicare Part C: Medicare Advantage
Medicare Part D: Prescription Drug Benefit
Filling in the (Medi)Gap
Blinded by the Fine Print
Resources
Sidebars
Names and Numbers You'll Need
How to Decipher a Summary Notice
Check List of Choices
Medicare Surprises: Pleasant and Otherwise
Who You Gonna Call?
Lose Some, Lose Some
Making a Medicare Appeal
And Sometimes You Win One
Living Arrangements
Staying Put
Day-Tripping
Making Room for Mom or Dad
Independent Living 101
When a Nursing Home Makes Sense
Resources
Sidebars
Who Lives Where
How Safe Is Your Parents' Home?
Choosing a Home Health Aide
Tradition vs. Reality
Two Parents, Two Arrangements
Build Your Own Village
Caring for the Caregiver
The Hidden Patients
The Stress Factor
Making Yourself a Priority
Lightening the Load
Give the Pros a Chance
Resources
Sidebars
The Art of Self-Preservation
Rewrite Your Inner Script
Take a Breath
Share the Care
Choosing Adult Day Center Programs
Saying Good-bye
A New Intimacy
Making Arrangements Ahead of Time
Achieving Closure
The Hospice Solution
Getting Down to "What Was Good"
Resources
Sidebars
Managing Pain
Choosing Hospice Care
Letting Go
As the End Nears
Not Quite Ready Yet
The Last Details
The Shape of Tomorrow
The Phases of Grief
Variations on a Theme
Yourself and Others
The Rightness of Ritual
The Stages of Healing
A New Way of Being Together
Resources
Sidebars
When to Seek Help
The One Left Behind
Children and Grief
Facing the Holidays
Grieving Well
Rock-a-Bye Baby
Afterword
Appendix
Glossary
About the Authors
Acknowledgments
Index
Photography Credits

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