A Bittersweet Season

Caring for Our Aging Parents--and Ourselves

Author: Jane Gross

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 0307596680

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 368

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Just a few of the vitally important lessons in caring for your aging parent—and yourself—from Jane Gross in A Bittersweet Season As painful as the role reversal between parent and child may be for you, assume it is worse for your mother or father, so take care not to demean or humiliate them. Avoid hospitals and emergency rooms, as well as multiple relocations from home to assisted living facility to nursing home, since all can cause dramatic declines in physical and cognitive well-being among the aged. Do not accept the canard that no decent child sends a parent to a nursing home. Good nursing home care, which supports the entire family, can be vastly superior to the pretty trappings but thin staffing of assisted living or the solitude of being at home, even with round-the-clock help. Important Facts Every state has its own laws, eligibility standards, and licensing requirements for financial, legal, residential, and other matters that affect the elderly, including qualification for Medicare. Assume anything you understand in the state where your parents once lived no longer applies if they move. Many doctors will not accept new Medicare patients, nor are they legally required to do so, especially significant if a parent is moving a long distance to be near family in old age. An adult child with power of attorney can use a parent’s money for legitimate expenses and thus hasten the spend-down to Medicaid eligibility. In other words, you are doing your parent no favor—assuming he or she is likely to exhaust personal financial resources—by paying rent, stocking the refrigerator, buying clothes, or taking him or her to the hairdresser or barber. From the Hardcover edition.

It's Your Move: Choices for Senior Living

Will you age in Your Home or at a Retirement Home?

Author: Gail Lawley

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0989834301

Category: Self-Help

Page: 82

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The lists in this book will help you choose between staying at home, moving in with your children, or moving to a retirement facility. It guides you through the process letting you compare benefits and costs of each choice. It provides a wealth of information to ensure you make the right decision for your situation.

Caring Across Generations

The Linked Lives of Korean American Families

Author: Grace J. Yoo,Barbara W. Kim

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814729428

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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More than 1.3 million Korean Americans live in the United States, the majority of them foreign-born immigrants and their children, the so-called 1.5 and second generations. While many sons and daughters of Korean immigrants outwardly conform to the stereotyped image of the upwardly mobile, highly educated super-achiever, the realities and challenges that the children of Korean immigrants face in their adult lives as their immigrant parents grow older and confront health issues that are far more complex. In Caring Across Generations, Grace J. Yoo and Barbara W. Kim explore how earlier experiences helping immigrant parents navigate American society have prepared Korean American children for negotiating and redefining the traditional gender norms, close familial relationships, and cultural practices that their parents expect them to adhere to as they reach adulthood. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 137 second and 1.5 generation Korean Americans, Yoo & Kim explore issues such as their childhood experiences, their interpreted cultural traditions and values in regards to care and respect for the elderly, their attitudes and values regarding care for aging parents, their observations of parents facing retirement and life changes, and their experiences with providing care when parents face illness or the prospects of dying. A unique study at the intersection of immigration and aging, Caring Across Generations provides a new look at the linked lives of immigrants and their families, and the struggles and triumphs that they face over many generations.

You Should Really Write a Book

How to Write, Sell, and Market Your Memoir

Author: Regina Brooks,Brenda Lane Richardson

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1250015669

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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Even if you don't happen to be a celebrity, this book will teach you methods for striking publishing gold—conceptualizing, selling, and marketing a memoir—while dealing with the complicated emotions that arise during the creation of your work. If you've ever been told that "You should really write a book" and you've decided to give it a try, this book is for you. It hones in on the three key measures necessary for aspiring authors to conceptualize, sell, and market their memoirs. Written especially for those who don't happen to be celebrities You Should Really Write a Book reveals why and how so many relatively unknown memoirists are making a name for themselves. With references to more than four hundred books and six memoir categories, this is essential reading for anyone wanting to write a commercially viable memoir in today's vastly changing publishing industry. The days are long gone when editors and agents were willing to take on a manuscript simply because it was based on a "good" idea or even because it was well written. With eyes focused on the bottom line, they now look for skilled and creative authors with an established audience, too. Brooks and Richardson use the latest social networking, marketing, and promotional trends and explain how to conceptualize and strategize campaigns that cause buzz, dramatically fueling word-of-mouth and attracting attention in the publishing world and beyond. Full of current examples and in-depth analysis, this guide explains what sells and why, teaches writers to think like publishers, and offers guidance on dealing with complicated emotions—essential tools for maximizing memoir success.

Knocking on Heaven's Door

The Path to a Better Way of Death

Author: Katy Butler

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451641974

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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A National Magazine Award finalist outlines a less invasive, more humane approach to end-of-life care that reveals the potentially traumatic practices of modern medicine, sharing the stories of her own parents' struggles to achieve peaceful and natural deaths while explaining the political and technological factors that are interfering with patient preferences. 75,000 first printing.

The Takeover

An Unexpected Caregiver's Story

Author: Mimi Pockross

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1499009798

Category: Medical

Page: 210

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So how does a daughter cope with moving her elderly parents from Chicago to Denver and becoming their primary caregiver? This is a story about learning on the job to deal with constant medical and emotional crises, about deciphering the eldercare lingo, about trying to figure out how to maintain some sort of quality of life, about juggling the financial and legal problems associated with the aging process, and about the surprising joys of making life meaningful enough that when one looks back at this time, it all seems worthwhile.