Caring for Those You Love: A Guide to Compassionate Care for the Aged

Caring For Those You Love is a practical guide to coping with the special problems of the aged and infirm. The book meets a significant need: the elderly segment of the nation’s population is expanding so rapidly that millions of middle-aged Americans are suddenly finding themselves acting as caretakers for elderly loved ones. It includes helpful information on identifying the problems of the aged. It explains the best and most frequently used treatments prescribed for these problems, and tells how family members can help to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of aging parents and other loved ones. The book also focuses on practical matters such as providing housing, professional health care and finances. And it treats, with wisdom and finesse, how we can prepare for the eventual loss of a loved one and let go without feeling guilt. Utilizing many touching examples from real life, Caring For Those You Love offers advice families can rely on to relieve their aging loved ones from much of the physical discomfort and mental distress that often accompanies the process of growing old.

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    by Bethany Chaffin

    Caring For Those You Love is a practical guide to coping with the special problems of the aged and infirm. The book meets a significant need: the elderly segment of the nation’s population is expanding so rapidly that millions of middle-aged Americans are suddenly finding themselves acting as caretakers for elderly loved ones. Millions more will be required to do so in the decades to come. This book examines the many challenges that must be met in caring for the aged on a personal and family level. The book includes helpful information on identifying the problems of the aged. It explains the best and most frequently used treatments prescribed for these problems, and tells how family members can help to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of aging parents and other loved ones. It also focuses on practical matters such as providing housing, professional health care and finances. And it treats, with wisdom and finesse, how we can prepare for the eventual loss of a loved one, and let go without feeling guilt.

    Utilizing many touching examples from real life, Caring For Those You Love offers advice families can rely on to relieve their aging loved ones from much of the physical discomfort and mental distress that often accompanies the process of growing old. The author sought and received professional guidance from many sources. That counsel, coupled with her own keen insights and personal experiences, plus her skill as an author, combine to make this volume a significant contribution to the literature in this field. It is a book which will provide valuable guidance to many, and will ease the difficulties of growing old for countless others.

    Chapters include:

    The Beginning

    Foreword

    1. Identification
    2. Understanding Treatment
    3. Caring for Physical Needs
    4. Satisfying Other Needs
    5. Finances and Housing
    6. Letting Go Without Guilt
    7. Preparing for the Inevitable

    Notes

    Possible Sources of Help

    Bibliography

    Index

    6” x 9” hardback

    107 pages