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  • Genre:FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
  • SubGenre:Eldercare
  • Language:English
  • Pages:40
  • eBook ISBN:9781623092405

How to Care for Your Aging Parent... & Still Have a Life!

A Guide for the Sandwich Generation

by Edie MacKenzie

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Overview
Between marriage, home, kids, job and now an aging parent, those in the Sandwich Generation are perpetually short on time. This Kindle book is short, informative and is not meant to be a step-by-step guide. It is a collection of actionable ideas to help you cope with the care of your aging parent. There are no two identical circumstances, but there are central issues which must be addressed by the family of the elderly person.
Description
Between marriage, home, kids, job and now an aging parent, those in the Sandwich Generation are perpetually short on time. This Kindle book is short, informative and is not meant to be a step-by-step guide. It is a collection of actionable ideas to help you cope with the care of your aging parent. There are no two identical circumstances, but there are central issues which must be addressed by the family of the elderly person. The author draws upon her own experience, that of friends her age (mid 50's), and seniors she has had the pleasure of knowing personally. This book is a compilation of wisdom. Some of it is uncomfortable, such as pre-planning your loved one's funeral and talking about DNR's (Do Not Resuscitate), getting paperwork in order, evaluating assisted living facilities, etc. Other parts provide hope for independent living by suggesting modifications to the existing family home, how to prevent falls, or introducing living arrangements designed with aging seniors in mind. Statistics show seniors who can stay in their home live longer, so this book focuses on some of the simple, cost effective things you can do to keep your parent in their home as long as possible. In keeping with the handbook concept, stories are kept to a minimum, including the author's own story of the long goodbye her family went through as their father slowly died of Alzheimer’s. This Kindle book is designed to give you a starting place and create a few 'Oh! I'm glad she mentioned that!' moments. It may even get you thinking about your own senior years, because they're not too far down the road.
About the author
Edie MacKenzie began her writing career writing informational ebooks about hybrid dogs. These books led to a contracts with Barron's Educational Series, Inc. in New York. You can find her books, A Complete Pet Owner's Manual: Goldendoodles and Barron's Dog Bibles: Golden Retrievers at your local pet supply store or bookstore. She was inspired to write How To Care For Your Aging Parent And Still Have a Life after watching friends and family muddle through the process of caring for an aging parent, spending most of their time in a reactive state, rather than a proactive one. She saw a need for a simple, actionable guide which laid out the central issues faced by the families of the elderly. It is written for those, like herself, who are part of the Sandwich Generation. Long on responsibilities, but perpetually short of time. Mrs. Mackenzie and her husband live in a suburb of Minneapolis with a collection of dogs and tortoises. Their little one is soon to graduate from college and they both have mothers in their mid-80's who, thankfully, are still healthy and living independently.
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