For insights and resources, click on the following link: https://www.drugs.com/news/pandemic-adds-challenge-caring-loved-one-dementia-89344.html
Love’s Way, a new book by Carolyn Parr and Sig Cohen, is the single best resource for aging peacefully that I know of. These two experienced mediators have written a practical and comprehensive guide for anyone conscious of moving from midlife autonomy to increasing interdependence with family or friends. As the subtitle suggests, it’s about “living peacefully with your family as your parents age.”
Carolyn, a local judge and long-time member of Festival Church, draws from her experience in Church of the Saviour as well as her legal practice. Her mediation partner, Sig Cohen, is a retired Foreign Service officer with a keen eye for family dynamics. By alternating chapters, they cover a broad range of issues, from emotional roadblocks and sibling rivalry to economic and legal matters. The personal stories make it accessible and engaging.
Here is the list of topics featured on the back cover:
- How to address family issues such as unhealed sibling rivalries, parental favoritism, greed and secrecy
- How to navigate all the necessary legal documents such as wills and powers of attorney
- How to promote forgiveness in your family and in your own heart
- How to speak truth in love to parents, siblings, and children
- How to let go and heal any family rifts.
-Marjory Zoet Bankson, Seekers Church
In his new book, Arthur Kleinman, a psychiatrist and medical anthropologist, describes the ten years he spent caring for his wife, who had early-onset Alzheimer’s. and navigating an often unfeeling health-care system on her behalf. Despite the social isolation and stress he suffered, he also found fulfillment and beauty in the experience and wrote this book to comfort and educate family caregivers and clinicians.
To learn more about the book and read an excerpt, click on the following link: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/573438/the-soul-of-care-by-arthur-kleinman/
To learn about this program and the nun who created it, click on the following link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/providing-comfort-and-a-connection-as-the-end-draws-near/2018/12/21/0c18b9bc-d947-11e8-aeb7-ddcad4a0a54e_story.html?utm_term=.f3fd0c96ea81
Caring for or preparing to care for an older family member? Check our the AARP planning guide at: https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/