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How to Care for Aging Parents, 3rd Edition: A One-Stop Resource for All Your Medical, Financial, Housing, and Emotional Issues

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The new, greatly revised and expanded edition of a hefty guidebook to eldercare originally published in
1995 is easy to read because Morris divides it into manageable sections. Worried about people taking advantage of your
parents? Turn to a chapter titled, “What You Need to Know about Fraud.” Confused by legal issues, such as estate-tax
rules? Morris gives easy-to-understand explanations of complicated-sounding terms, such as irrevocable life insurance
trust. She also clearly and concisely spells out Medicare Part A and Part B—really! And she explains the stages of
Alzheimer’s in less than two pages. Charts help convey such essential information as housing options. A funeral
checklist is full of reminders, such as, “Find out if your parent owns a plot.” The chapter “You’re Next” nudges
caregivers to manage their own affairs, too. Twenty-five pages listing useful organizations (offering help with
everything from driving to pension rights) and 18 pages of forms (for medical contacts, medications, end-of-life wishes,
caregiver contacts) conclude this thorough and invaluable how-to. --Karen Springen

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"A compassionate guide of encyclopedic proportion."
―The Washington Post



"This guide, aimed at the "Sandwich Generation," provides a road map to assist adult children in caring for their aging
parents. Combining personal experience with expertise in healthcare and social and political issues, Morris has produced
a thoroughly researched, well-organized, and comprehensive manual. Chapters follow in logical progression, yet they can
stand alone and be read on an "as-needed" basis. The topics covered include the concrete, practical areas such as home
care, finances, nursing homes/hospitals, legal issues, and medical/safety concerns as well as the psychosocial areas of
handling emotions, dealing with death and dying, sibling conflicts, and spiritual needs. In her discussions, Morris adds
useful details such as a suggested list of things to pack for the hospital. Support for the caregiver as well as to the
elderly person is covered. Sprinkled throughout the text are agencies, phone numbers, and other reference information."

"A must-read … [Morris] thoroughly addresses the subject, covering most topics imaginable from standards such as
exercise and healthy diet to uncomfortable ones such as STDs, Alzheimer's, and delusions and hallucinations.… Her frank
approach manages to be both compassionate and direct making the most awkward or devastating topics manageable."

―Publishers Weekly, starred review

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