They're Your Parents, Too! How Siblings Can Survive Their Parents' Aging Without Driving Each Other Crazy

ISBN-10: 0553806998

ISBN-13: 9780553806991

Edition: 2010

Authors: Francine Russo

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Your parents are growing older and are getting forgetful, starting to slow down, or worse. Suddenly you find yourself at the cusp of one of the most important transitions in your life-and the life of your family. Your parents need you and your siblings to step up and take care of them, a little or a lot. To make the right things happen, you will all need to work together. And yet your siblings may have very different ideas from yours of whatrsquo;s best for Mom and Dad. They may be completely uninterested in helping, leaving you with all the responsibility. Or they may take charge and not allow you to help, or criticize whatever help you do give. Will you and your siblings be able to reach an understanding and work together, or will the challenges you face tear you apart? Most of us enter this period of our lives unprepared for the difficult decisions and delicate negotiations that lie ahead. This is the first book that provides guidance on the transition from the ldquo;oldrdquo; family to the ldquo;newrdquo; one, especially for adult siblings. Here yoursquo;ll find practical advice on a wide range of topics including bull; Who will make major medical decisions, manage finances, and enforce end-of-life choices if your parents cannot? And how will this be decided and carried out? bull; How will you negotiate caregiving issues and deal with unequal contributions or power struggles? bull; How can inheritance and the division of property, assets, and personal effects be handled to minimize hurt feelings and resentment? bull; How will you cope with the natural reemergence of unresolved childhood rivalries, hurts, and needs? bull; How can caring for your parents be an enriching experience rather than a thankless chore? bull; Most important, how can you ensure the best care for your parents while lessening conflict, guilt, anger, and angst? Written by a veteran journalist who chronicles life and how baby boomers live it,Theyrsquo;re Your Parents, Too!offers all the information, insight, and advice yoursquo;ll need to make productive choices as you and your siblings begin to assume your parentsrsquo; place as the decision-making generation of your family. Filled with expert guidance from gerontologists, family therapists, elder-care attorneys, financial planners, and health workers; resonant real-life stories; and helpful family negotiation techniques, this is an indispensable book for anyone whose parents are aging.
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List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/26/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Introduction: My Uneasy Journey into the Twilight
Confronting a New Family Passage
The Last Transition of Our First Family
Acknowledging Our Parents' Aging
Return to the House of Childhood: Adapting Old Roles and Relationships, Confronting Old Conflicts
Who's Taking Care of Mom? Adapting Roles and Relationships to Take On Parent Care
Dad Still Loves You More: Revived Rivalries, Chances For Resolution
"We weren't your Norman Rockwell Family": Holding the Ideal up to Reality
Who Put You in Charge? Adjusting to New Decision Makers
Slipping Away: Making Peace with Change and Loss
Here Yet Not Here: The Dynamics of Dementia
Gathering at the Deathbed: Decisions, Acceptance, Forgiveness, Loss
Reinventing the Family For Our Generation: Sharing Stories, Passing On Legacies
Mourning and moving on: alone and together
Inheritance: what our parents have left us, what we carry away
The sibling generation: sustaining the family connection into the future
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