How to Care for Aging Parents

The best and bestselling book of its kind. Originally published in 1995, How to Care for Aging Parents, with 220,000 copies in print, won a Books for a Better Life Award and was praised as “an indispensable book” (AARP) and “a compassionate guide of encyclopedic proportion” (The Washington Post). It also catapulted its author, Virginia Morris, to national prominence as a recognized eldercare authority on Oprah, Good Morning America, CNN, CBS, and other media.

Nine years later, and the need for the book is mushrooming: the number of adult children caring for a parent has increased from 4 million to 19.5 million, with roughly 80% of the nation’s elderly cared for at home. Virginia Morris responds with a completely revised, up-to-date new edition. Expanded from 450 to over 650 pages, it covers all the emotional, legal, financial, medical, and logistical issues in caring for the elderly. There are new sections on expanded housing options, alternative therapies, balancing career and caregiving, and dealing with difficult parents. It covers the biggest change in caregiving–the newfound independence of seniors and benefits of healthy aging–and the reverse: three chapters are dedicated to caring for parents with Alzheimers. At the end of the book is an invaluable 100-page “Yellow Pages” guide to all the resources and services of the enormous eldercare industry.

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3 comments for “How to Care for Aging Parents

  1. W. Murray
    December 7, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Caring and Empowering I just had to give a review when I stumbled across this at Amazon. My father went from being healthy and independent to just the opposite in one day (from a fall- then into hospital, caught an infection and went downhill from there.)There was a TON of things to figure out from medicare to power of attorney, where to place him, what to expect etc…. This book is written with such kindness and is full of information that is invaluable. At least for me, it was exactly what I needed. And if you’re going through this, I wish you all the best.

  2. TRay "T. Ray"
    December 7, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    got parents? get this book As we venture into this new and unknown territory – taking care to those whom we always depended on to take care of us – this is the first, second and only book you need. In a gentle and humorous way, Ms. Morris guides you through all of the aspects of this unknown road including the medical, legal, mental, physical, etc. Maybe my favorite chapter is the one in which Ms. Morris insists that you make sure of taking care of yourself first. I saw Ms. Morris on “Oprah” and bought the book for my “first parent”. Now the book comes out “bigger, better, and improved” for my second parent. Strange to think that a book can be such a gift to our real lives. I can not recommend this book more strongly.

  3. J. Bechard
    December 7, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Excellent Beginner’s Book! I picked this up to learn how I could help my mother take care of her father and found it extremely helpful. It is written in clear, understandable language, with several personal accounts scattered throughout, as well as information on where to go for more help. And you WILL need more help – but this book does a great job of pointing you in the right direction. It makes a very complex problem seem manageable. There are at least 50 pages at the back of the book that provide contact information on elder care agencies, geriactric care managers, elder care lawyers, etc.

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