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Caring for Your Aging Parents When Love Is Not Enough

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ISBN-10: 0891095780

ISBN-13: 9780891095781

Edition: N/A

Authors: Barbara Deane

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Publisher: NavPress Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/1/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

BARBARA DEANE is a free-lance writer and cofounder of Christian Caregivers a support group for people caring for their elderly parents at home. The organization grew from Deanersquo;s own need for emotional and spiritual help during the 10 years she cared for her mother at home.

As Christians Care for Elderly Parents
The Crucible of Caring
Who are the caregivers of the elderly?
What do they do?
Emotional issues of caregiving
Sources of stress for the caregiver
Stress and the issue of who is in control
You Can't "Fix" Old Age
The tasks of aging: adjusting to losses; achieving integrity; modeling love
Getting beyond the stereotypes
Independence, dependence, or interdependence - what does the Bible teach?
How caregivers can help: understanding and acceptance
The Skills of Active Loving
Don't react; act
Minister to aging parents by active listening, nonverbal touching, giving positive reinforcement, encouraging life review
Is Self-Preservation Wrong?
Scriptural self-care: admit your needs; ask for help; learn to set limits and to let go; nurture yourself
How support groups can help
Deliverance from the Captivity of the Past
How "unfinished business" with parents and siblings prevents effective caregiving
Recognizing that you're grieving
Sibling rivalry
Healing old hurts
Counting the Cost of Caregiving
The strain of caregiving on marriages
Being fair to your spouse and children
The care of in-laws
Retirement problems
Step families and grandchildren
Love and Money
Family communciation about financial concerns
It's expensive to be old
Keeping records
Wills and trusts
Financial victimization of the elderly
Durable power of attorney and guardianship
Where to Find the Help You Need
Adapting the home for "aging in place."
Community services
Sources of financial assistance with housing and health costs
Care at a distance
Hiring help and monitoring care
How churches can help
Where Can Your Parent Live?
Group homes and shared housing
Continuing care retirement communities
Life-care communities
Board-and-care homes
Should your parent move in with you?
Coping with the Health Problems of Aging
Chronic illnesses in a health care system not geared to handle them
Your parent's doctor: how to choose and work with one
Drugs and the aging body
Understanding and living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, arthritis, bronchitis/emphysema, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and strokes, osteoporosis, Parkinson's disease
Hospitalization of the elderly
Spiritual needs during illness
When Your Parent Must Be in a Nursing Home
Positive aspects of nursing home care
Adjustment process
Monitoring nursing home care; the need for vigilance
Choosing a nursing home
Patients' rights
Family councils
Meeting the challenges
Making visits more enjoyable
Walking Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death
What is a "good death"?
The stages of dying
Caregivers' emotions
Death in an acute care hospital versus death at home
The role of hospices
Ethical dilemmas
The grieving process
Afterword to the Reader
Walking toward the light
What kind of an old person will you be?
What caregivers have learned from their experiences
Admissions Agreement
Living Will