Parenting Your Parents: Support Strategies for Meeting the Challenge of Aging in the Family

Parenting Your Parents: Support Strategies for Meeting the Challenge of Aging in the Family

Parenting Your Parents: Support Strategies for Meeting the Challenge of Aging in the Family

Parenting Your Parents: Support Strategies for Meeting the Challenge of Aging in the Family

Synopsis

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. Parenting Your Parentsshows, through case studies, that you are not alone and offers advice to help you along this difficult but rewarding journey.

This revised and updated edition of the 2001 bestseller features a new introduction, new case studies, an expanded Personal Parenting Planner, and a totally updated resource directory. With reflections and advice from one of Canada's pre-eminent geriatric physicians, Parenting Your Parentsis a valuable resource for anyone facing this special family crisis.

Excerpt

Who can help but learn from Boris, Bob, Ivan, and Sophie? Ivan and Sophie are elderly parents who’ve been encouraged by their well-intentioned sons, Boris and Bob, to leave their home in Red Deer and move to Montreal to be near them. What begins as a tender reunion quickly sours as family pressures intermingle with filial responsibilities. Wives are unhappy. Grandchildren disinterested. And, sadly, Ivan and Sophie feel misplaced and long to return to their old way of life.

Theirs is but one of nineteen anecdotes the authors have collected in this storytelling anthology that explores an important and timely topic.

You might recognize yourself in Boris and Bob; or in Sylvia, who must find the resources to care for her mother, Lee Ann, while she recovers from surgery; or Edna Delaney’s four children, whose sibling rivalry and mutual mistrust have caused Edna enormous stress; or Dorothy Miller, whose family must cope with her advancing dementia.

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