The Sandwich Generation's Guide to Eldercare

The Sandwich Generation's Guide to Eldercare

Gold Winner, 2013 Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Awards, Family & Relationships Category A practical, accessible, and comprehensive guide to the legal, financial, emotional and daily living challenges of caring for aging parents while raising your own family. If you are caring for an elderly loved one while raising a child, you may feel overwhelmed and unprepared. The Sandwich Generationís Guide to Eldercare, written by three experts with extensive professional and personal experience with eldercare, provides the information and resources you need to make important decisions, balance your responsibilities, and ensure your elders well-being as well as your own. It includes how to: Create a good eldercare plan and the key financial, healthcare, and legal documents you should have executed Choose the right level of care and ease the transition, including how to avoid the most common mistakes people make in this process Find the best ways to help elderly loved ones maintain their independence and dignity Navigate the maze of government agencies and benefits Involve other family members while minimizing tension or conflict Prevent caregiver burnout and deal with the strain on family life, children, and relationships With useful checklists, worksheets, step-by-step action plans, lists of questions to ask, and a robust resources section, you'll have everything you need to care for your family.

Eldercare 101

A Practical Guide to Later Life Planning, Care, and Wellbeing

Eldercare 101

The Silver Tsunami is upon us as elder care and crisis management reaches a tipping point with the graying of America. By 2020, 54 million people in the U.S. will be over the age of 65; by 2030, that number will top 80 million. Feeling the squeeze of multi-generational home demands, children of aging parents are struggling to learn innovative eldercare management strategies and often find themselves overwhelmed by the many facets of caregiving. Eldercare 101 is the answer to making order from chaos. As a guide covering all aspects of aging and end-of-life in one place, caregivers will no longer spend endless nights trying to decode the Internet trail--confused, uncertain, and fearful of what they’re missing. Whether they are proactively planning ahead or need to have fast answers, this comprehensive, technology-rich resource presents steppingstones for the Sandwich Generation as they navigate caring for aging parents, grandparents, friends, and other family members. Eldercare 101 is a well-researched, organized, easy-to-understand guide for families desperately in need of help as they care for their aging loved ones. The book is organized into “6 pillars of aging wellbeing”: legal, financial, living environment, social, medical, and spiritual. Each pillar is explored by an expert and offers best practices and tips for evaluating choices, making decisions, and living well wherever the road might lead.

RESEARCH IN REHABILITATION COUNSELING

A Guide to Design, Methodology, and Utilization

RESEARCH IN REHABILITATION COUNSELING

RESEARCH IN REHABILITATION COUNSELING provides the basics that one would need to begin conducting a research investigation. It was written as a primary text for graduate level students and practitioners concerning the role of research in contemporary rehabilitation counseling. It is the authorsf intent to provide a comprehensive overview of the philosophical, ethical, methodological, and analytic fundamentals of social science research, as well as to specify aspects of rehabilitation research that distinguish it from scientific inquiry in other helping professions. It has been thoroughly revised to accurately reflect the variation and wealth of research methodologies used in contemporary rehabilitation counseling research—more than 300 new references have been added. Most of the research examples cited were published in peer-reviewed rehabilitation counseling journals over the past decade, and these examples represent the current status of research methods as well as the most relevant contemporary topic areas of research and scholarship in the field. Accordingly, it may be used both as a research textbook and as a general introduction to the current scholarship. Because this book was written as an introductory research methods textbook for graduate students in rehabilitation counseling, the authors focus much of the information contained herein on the role of readers as professional consumers of rehabilitation research. It will prove to be an invaluable resource for counselors, administrators, policymakers, educators, researchers, people with disabilities, and consumer advocates.

The Everything Guide to Caring for Aging Parents

Reassuring advice to help you support your loved ones

The Everything Guide to Caring for Aging Parents

There are a lot of issues to consider as our loved ones get older. From in-home care to assisted living facilities, there are myriad options available - and each person's needs are unique. Family members need a resource that will answer all of their questions and ease them through this often complicated transition. This helpful handbook guides concerned children as they: decide which level of care is best for their parent; maintain communication and discuss difficult topics; handle home safety issues; manage transportation; find and work with a primary-care physician; navigate insurance paperwork; handle legal issues and questions; and other sensitive issues. From setting up a support network to avoiding scams, this informative guide will help a family decide on - and implement - the best care options for their loved ones.

How to Care for Aging Parents

How to Care for Aging Parents

Thoroughly updated and expanded, a compassionate, single-volume reference to the many emotional, legal, financial, medical, and logistical issues associated with caring for aging parents covers such areas as nursing homes, finances, finding a good doctor, legal arrangements, redefining parental relationships, and handling emotional challenges. Original.

Rehabilitation Counseling and Emerging Disabilities

Medical, Psychosocial, and Vocational Aspects

Rehabilitation Counseling and Emerging Disabilities

Emerging disabilities are disabling conditions that are new to medical science, often medically debated, and lacking in known etiology; or those increasing in prevalence in recent years. This master's-level text is the first to eschew traditional disabilities to focus specifically on the unique characteristics and needs of individuals with disabilities such as multiple chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia, and Lyme disease, or those currently increasing in prevalence (e.g., diabetes, autism, PTSD), and explore their implications for rehabilitation counseling practice. The text is also unique in its examination of how disability causes, types, and patterns are changing in response to current medical, social, cultural, and environmental trends and addressing necessary changes to rehabilitation policies and practices to better serve consumers with emerging disabilities. The book explores important sociological and environmental phenomena such as global warming, pollution, poverty, violence, migration patterns, addiction, and substance abuse, and the changing age demographic of the United States that has altered the landscape of disability policy and rehabilitation services in the 21st century. Each chapter provides specific examples of disabling conditions and discusses their medical, psychosocial, and vocational significance. The authors examine implications for rehabilitation assessment, planning, and placement, and emphasize changes needed to rehabilitation policy and practice. The text is replete with practical evidence-based strategies for meeting the psychosocial and vocational needs of people with emerging disabilities. Chapters include case examples, learning objectives, and discussion questions. Key Features: Describes disabling conditions either new to medical science or increasing in prevalence in modern society Examines sociocultural, environmental, and legislative trends that have resulted in emerging disabilities Delivers policy, programming, and research recommendations to improve services and supports for Americans with emerging disabilities Provides practical, evidence-based strategies for meeting the psychosocial and vocational needs of people with emerging disabilities Includes learning objectives, case examples, and discussion questions Supplemental materials include PowerPoints, syllabus, and test bank

The Caring Caregivers Guide to Dealing With Guilt

Helping Families of Those With Alzheimer's Disease Overcome Their Guilt When They Can No Longer Care for Them at Home

The Caring Caregivers Guide to Dealing With Guilt

This is a collection of true short stories about the families we have helped over the years through our work providing personal home care for the elderly. Written in a down-to-earth style that family caregivers will find easy to identify with, Caring Caregivers… will touch readers in the deepest part of their hearts as they learn about the obstacles other families have overcome. They will be comforted to know that though the experiences described in this book are extremely difficult and painful, they are not insurmountable—and that there can be relief—and even celebration—at the end of life. Nine types of guilt are identified and solutions are provided to overcome them.The real-life people whose stories are told in The Caring Caregivers Guide to Dealing with Guilt cope with a host of problems as they care for their aging parents--progressive mental illness, violence, various kinds of abuse, eventually death--and with their own overwhelming feelings of helplessness, revenge, resentment, and guilt as they struggle to manage these problems along the way. But the tumultuous and seemingly insurmountable situations in which they find themselves are hardly rare. “Baby boomers”, “the sandwich generation”- there are various labels used to describe this demographic group--and the facts speak for themselves. Census studies by the Administration on Aging, AARP and the National Alzheimer's Association have revealed that in the year 2000 there were 281,421,906 people living in the U.S. Of that number, 45,797,200 were over the age of 65. Within this population, 52% are mentally or physically handicapped and 33.4% are severely disabled.The most amazing statistic of all is that only 4.1% of our more than 45 million citizens over 65 are currently in nursing homes. This means that a staggering 43 million families are currently wrestling with what to do about finding appropriate care for their parents], or are struggling to care for them themselves. And this is not a problem that will go away: the numbers of the aged in our population are climbing every year, and it is estimated that by the year 2030, there will be 85 million Americans over the age of 60.If we take into consideration the fact that people are living longer (according to the Census Bureau, the average age at death in the year 2000 was 85), we can see that there are millions of Americans between the ages of 38 and 67 who are of necessity making decisions about arranging care for their elderly parents or grandparents. Many of these caregivers have children of their own and the responsibilities of caring for them, both in the home and on the job; they want to help their parents, but they are simply overwhelmed. All too often, they suffer from a tremendous burden of guilt that keeps them from making important and sound decisions about their parents' care until it is too late--and their own health, and their careers or marriages, are sacrificed in the meantime.The Caring Caregivers Guide to Dealing with Guilt will help families make the difficult decisions they have to make, and come to grips with the nearly inevitable battle with the “guilt monster” that stalks them when they do so.

Unwrapping the Sandwich Generation

Life Vignettes About Seniors And Their Adult Boomer Children

Unwrapping the Sandwich Generation

This collection of vignettes address senior concerns and how their adult children address those concerns. Read stories about real people and real events, and how they relate to the aging process.

The Complete Caregiver's Organizer

Your Guide to Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others

The Complete Caregiver's Organizer

Becoming the primary caregiver for a spouse, family member, friend, or loved one can be a tremendously rewarding and equally challenging experience. How do you know if you’re the right person to be a caregiver? What important conversations should you have beforehand to make sure that you’re starting off on the right foot? What aspects of care should you manage personally and how do you assemble the best support team to handle the rest? How do you deal with doctors, hospitals, and other medical issues? Oh, and in the midst of those questions and many, many more, who takes care of you? As you invest your time, energy and strength into caregiving, how do you avoid burnout and maintain your own physical and emotional wellbeing? The Complete Caregiver’s Organizer is designed to help you provide the best possible care to others without neglecting your own needs as a result. Robin Porter offers direct and attainable strategies for managing common issues that all caregivers face, from basic health and safety concerns to complex medical and legal questions, in addition to invaluable checklists, journaling components, activities, and ideas that will guide you along your path. Whether you’re a first-time caregiver struggling with questions and confusion about where to start or one with more experience who is feeling overwhelmed and outmatched, the tips and tools contained in The Complete Caregiver’s Organizer will start to bring balance back to your life.