Declining health and other age-related disabilities are forcing your self reliant parents to endure heartbreaking lifestyle changes. Whether on the verge of relinquishing their independence and sense of dignity to a dependence on caregivers or adjusting to changes that are already in place, your folks are relying on your support.
Research guide and true story, the very readable A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents - and Ourselves by Jane Gross, New York Times reporter and creator of The New Old Age blog, offers a wealth of web-based resources and anecdotal insights gained from experience and research. Families learn as they muddle through the processes of selecting caregivers and eldercare facilities, money matters, insurance, and making end of life decisions with their parents and we learn in the author's telling.
The Complete Eldercare Planner: Where to Start, Which Questions to Ask, and How to Find Help by Joy Leverde, 2009, is a comprehensive guide to dealing with the issues of Aging.
If you're interested in this topic, you may also be interested in Planning Ahead for Disability and Death: What You Need to Know, a presentation through Fresh City Life My Branch happening on Tuesday, November 13 at 5 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch. Full information here:
Thanks Peggy for writing about this subject and high-lighting these excellent books.
These sound like great resources! I also personally recommend the Senior Law Handbook from the Colorado Bar Association. They update the content every year. You can view and download chapters of the 2012 edition online at www.cobar.org/index.cfm/ID/726/dpwfp/Senior-Law-Handbook/ OR you can request a hard copy of the Senior Law Handbook via email. Be sure to include your name and mailing address and send your request to John.Allen@9news.com
Thank you so much, Peggy for sharing these two very helpful resources about such an important topic. So beautifully explained.