This latest, enhanced and updated edition will help guide the thinking of those challenged with aging in the family.
Since the last edition in 2006, much has happened in the field of eldercare. There is now an increasing awareness of the complex challenges posed by the expanding aging population in North America. When our parents reach a certain age and have difficulty coping, we find ourselves wondering how to provide them with the kind of love, care, support, and attention they need, just as they have done for us all our lives.
The third edition of Parenting Your Parents shows, through 24 case studies and the personal experiences of the authors, that you are not alone and offers crucial advice to help you along this difficult but rewarding journey. It also offers a new Vulnerability Index to measure what level of need your parents may have right now, as well as a financial planning section and resource directory.
This updated book by Mindszenthy, a caregiver and eldercare advocate, and Gordon, head of geriatrics at a Toronto geriatric care center is a read filled with anecdotes about different families and how they have struggled to assist and make decisions on behalf of ailing, aging parents. It describes culture clashes, strokes, dementia, substance abuse, guilt and many more scenarios that lock seniors and those who love them in a struggle to balance regular life with appropriate caring requirements. Those dealing with such issues and the heart wrenching decisions involved may be relieved to feel that they are not alone. Authors write eloquently and compassionately about each case study, weighing in on treatment plans and on which family members are behaving suitably under the circumstances. Mindszenthy's chapter on his mother's dementia and the personal anguish it caused his family is a cry from the heart that sends the ultimate message of the book with great clarity: "It's a portion of life none of us is prepared to or wants to face. However, it's there, and for each of us, it's there in a different way and form."