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

By Bart Mindszenthy; Michael Gordon | Go to book overview
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Acknowledgements9
Foreword by Sandie Rinaldo11
Introduction: The Case for the Cause: Parent Care Is a Major Social Issue and Challenge13
Parenting Your Parents: Stepping into the Unknown17
The Rocky Road of Responsibility26
NINETEEN FAMILY CASE STUDIES
Control: Laying on the Guilt Trip33
Surgery: Weighing the Odds40
Eldertravel: Balancing Risks and Benefits48
Independence: Helping Parents Live Their Lives55
Breaking the Mold: The Rebellious Grandmother63
Culture Clash: Pitting Values against Needs70
Substance Abuse: Drinking All Day Keeps Reality Away78
Sexuality, Romance, and the Family: When Children Worry about Their Parents85
Tapping the Human Spirit: It’s Never Too Late to Create92
Siblings: In Charge and On the Attack99
The Conflicted Single Child: A Confusing Battle of Priorities106
The Stroke: Sudden Challenges and Changes115
Dementia and Depression: Reading the Signs121
Advancing Dementia: When Life Gets More Difficult129
We’re On Our Own: How to Plan for the Future137
Finding a New Life: Corrections and Concerns144

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