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JACQUELINE MARCELL - ELDER RAGE:Take my Father, PLEASE!

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I was a photographer and taught at UCLA and then a television executive, but I barely survived as a caregiver for my challenging elderly father and sweet ailing mother, both with Alzheimer’s which went undiagnosed for over a year. But after fighting through an unsympathetic medical system and depleting my parents’ life savings and most of my own, with sheer determination I figured everything out medically and behaviorally. Passion to save others (especially from getting so frustrated they commit elder abuse) compels me to educate on issues that so unnecessarily cost a year of my life—and then nearly my life itself when I was diagnosed with invasive Br. Cancer.? 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, but millions go undiagnosed for years as symptoms are perceived as a normal part of aging.By age 65, one in eight is afflicted with Alzheimer’s--and by age 85 (fastest growing segment of population) nearly one in every two. U.S. business loses $34 billion a year due to absenteeism/lost productivity from employees’ need to go care for their loved ones.?76 million Baby Boomers are facing the caregiving years with their parents, but most are unprepared emotionally and financially.?YOUR AUDIENCE WILL LEARN: ?The difference between normal aging and early signs of dementia?Creative behavioral techniques for managing elderly loved ones?Coping strategies to make caregiving less stressful?Dementia prevention and how to prepare for our own later years. ?Discuss long-term life and care options.?Accept a housekeeper, caregiver, new doctor?Stop driving?Attend adult day care or move to assisted living?Stop driving me crazy!?ELDER RAGE is a Book-of-the-Month Club selections and being considered for a film. HONORS include: Media Award from the National Adult Day Services Association--and ‘Advocate of the Year’ from the National Association of Women Business Owners at their Remarkable Women Awards. http://www.ElderRage.com/BookJacqueline. ?www.ElderRage.com

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