Caring for Ageing Parents
For many caregivers caring for a person living with Alzheimers' and other dementias day in and day out can be a frustrating and lonely experience. Most carers have little or no training in the art of dementia care and can struggle with the job or burden of constant caregiving.
They're Your Parents too! How Siblings Can Survive Their Parents Aging Without Driving Each Other crazy
Your parents are growing older and are getting forgetful, starting to slow down, or worse. Suddenly you find yourself at the cusp of one of the most important transitions in your life—and the life of your family.
Your parents need you and your siblings to step up and take care of them, a little or a lot. To make the right things happen, you will all need to work together. And yet your siblings may have very different ideas from yours of what’s best for Mom and Dad.
The opening lines of this book sum up the problems faced by family members and carers when they receive (or make) the dreaded, but long expected phone call.
“Mum’s had a fall; she has broken her hip and is now in hospital. The doctor says she will probably need permanent care – what do we do now and can we find the money?”
Every day in Australia, tens of thousands of people care for loved ones at home. This is often a difficult road for volunteer carers, particularly when the illness is a debilitating and progressive one such as dementia.
Most carers find themselves thrust into the role ill-prepared and intimidated by a multitude of troubling questions. A Carer's Guide combines useful information for all carers with a touching personal odyssey by Rosette Teitel, who nursed her husband through vascular dementia until his death.
From Amazon.com: Do you have an ageing parent who blames you for everything that goes wrong? Cannot tolerate being alone, wants you all the time? Is obsessed with health problems, real, or imagined? Make unreasonable and/or irrational demands of you? Is hostile, negative and critical? Coping with these traits in parents is an endless high-stress battle for their children.
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