Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Resolve the Most Common Dilemmas with Aging Parents

Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Resolve the Most Common Dilemmas with Aging Parents

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Do you have an aging parent who should stop driving but refuses to? Ignores doctors' advice? Antagonizes a home health aide? What about family members who don't offer to help? A spouse who resents the time you spend caring for your parents?

The adult children of aging parents

are plagued by such dilemmas, which do have solutions, but finding them isn't easy when the individuals involved are your parents, your siblings and your spouse.

Many books are available to help families deal with a specific illness such as dementia. This book, however, was written for adult children whose parents are rational and competent, but may be unreasonable about a particular matter that should be fairly easily resolved.

The authors, Joseph A. Ilardo, Ph.D., and Carole R. Rothman, Ph.D., are familyfocused therapists who have developed a simple problemsolving model. In each chapter of their new book, they show how this model applies to a different situation. …

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