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

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FOREWORD
by Sandie Rinaldo

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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