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In past generations, the elderly lived with their grown children and their families as a natural progression of life in the family. Today, with most marriages ending in divorce, and middle aged people living single and still "dating", often the presence of an elderly parent is seen as an intrusion. While in other cultures the care of parents is designated in some kind of organized fashion, either according to the birth order of the child, the sex of the child, or the financial means of the child, in America parents are left to the whims of the children. Nursing homes are facilities that release responsibility from children to take care of elderly ill parents. Senior citizen homes give the elderly a community of people like themselves, but remove them from family life and the presence of young people. How is YOUR family planning to care for your elderly parents? Do your parents have social security, Medicaid or Medicare benefits to cover their costs should you move them into a facility? Which one of you or your siblings is prepared to take an elderly parent into their homes
A lot is written about seeing our parents through dementia, but not much is available to discuss what it takes to deal with parents who might need our assistance, but who still have all their faculties. How do we finesse a parent who wants to maintain their independence into moving nearer to us; into giving us Power of Attorney to take care of their healthcare and financial needs; to accept daily help? How do we do this while allowing them to maintain their dignity?
With honesty and insight borne of experience, through Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles: A Survival Guide for the Kids, author Pam Carey shares her personal journey as well as the (humorously serious) "Rules of the Road" she developed while caring for her parents.
Anyone who has ever had to care for elderly parents will see their own situations reflected in this witty yet practical guide to surviving the ordeal. You will feel like you’re right by Pam's side as she outlines 49 essential points for navigating the trials of elderly living, the medical issues and the inevitable loss that eventually comes. She illustrates each point with her own sometimes hilarious and often poignant experiences.
This book is a must-read as a resource for anyone dealing with assisting an aging loved one. Please consider purchasing a copy as a gift for a friend, care facility or YOUR children.
Pam wrote the book as a resource for others facing similar journeys. She is also the author of Minor League Mom, A Mother's Journey Through the Red Sox Farm Teams (2009). The mother of Red Sox farm team veterans Tim and Todd Carey, Pamela holds a B.A. from Colby College and an M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College.
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A lot is written about seeing our parents through dementia, but not much is available to discuss what it takes to deal with parents who might need our assistance, but who still have all their faculties. How do we finesse a parent who wants to maintain their independence into moving nearer to us; into giving us a power of attorney to take care of their healthcare and financial needs; to accept daily help? How do we do this while allowing them to maintain their dignity.
With honesty and insight borne of having been there and done that, in Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles (2014) author Pam Carey shares her personal journey as well as the rules of the road she developed during her journey with her parents.
Engaging, often funny, always poignant, Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles is a gem of a resource for anyone dealing with assisting an aging loved one.
Pam Carey author of Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles (2014), Pam Carey was the primary caretaker of her aging parents and wrote the book as a resource for others facing similar journeys. www.parentswithmarbles.com
The boomer generation is facing a number of challenges as we grow older—one of them being how to deal with our elderly parents. Sometimes you need to act the bad guy and take over certain aspects of their lives. But when?
Bert Rahl, Director of Mental Health Services at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging’s Eldercare Services Institute is joining us to share five crisis situations that call for action. If you or someone you know is concerned about the wellbeing of their aging parents, you won’t want to miss this one!
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About this episode: Today is a special shout out for those who put in requests to hear Christmas songs that remind them of their parents.
About this show: I lost both parents to cancer at 22 and 27. Let's talk about stuff that's hard, ways you can move forward in your life and how to get back to a happier place. My intention is to connect those of us who have lost our mothers, our fathers or both parents, at any age, through the arts, life experiments, looking inward and turning pain into something positive.
Got a question for Lisa or a comment about a previous show or blog post? I'd love to hear from you! If you have a question to ask me or a comment about a previous podcast or blog post, please leave a voicemail for me, here: (626) 671-LISA (5472) or write me at losingyourparents.org/contact.
Al Diaz and Julie Daigle share their insights on Rewrite Your Story with Clear Intention and Passion.
Tuesday, Dec. 23rd 11am PST
Julie Daigle is a Teacher, Certified Passion Test Facilitator, and Healer. Gifted with extraordinary intuitive abilities, Julie empowers those who cannot express their needs or wants through language.
Whether she’s tuning into an Alzheimer’s patient, an autistic child, a family pet or connecting with a deceased loved one, Julie can clearly hear their inner messages.
Julie is pioneering a model program based on a longitudinal study she conducted regarding focusing on one’s passions from an early age.
Having grown up in foster care with elderly parents, Julie is inspired to offer her program nationwide to both foster children and the elderly living with dementia with the intention of enhancing their quality of life.
Julie holds a BS in Education, is the former co-owner of 2 Montessori Schools, and has been praised by UCSF neurologists for her work with dementia patients.
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About this episode: Today we’re talking about ways you can communicate with your deceased parents during the holidays.
About this show:
I have lost both of my parents to cancer in my 20’s. When I was 22, I woke up next to my dad who had died and when I was 27 I watched my mom take her last breath.
After being present for their illness and witnessing their deaths, I had to face life as a young person without them. I decided that it was important to me to connect with other people who have also lost their parents. I’m in my 30’s now. I write and talk about my journey through healing my grief and working through life challenges that come up using creativity and self expression.
My blog is LosingYourParents.org and my goal is to bridge the gap between grief and joy at every opportunity.
Do you have a question to ask me, want advice, want to say hello, send your support, or a comment about a previous podcast or blog post? I’d love to hear from you! Here are several ways to contact me (including a totally anonymous contact form!) http://losingyourparents.org/contact
Life Coach, Personal Development Specialist, Author and Radio Talk-Show Host Nazim Rashid is the guest speaker today with a new series derived from his book Reconnected. This series is for parents who want new information for raising the best emotionally balanced and validated children possible will benefit. Reconnected is must-have for today’s parents, wanting the best tools to raise emotionally balanced children who are empowered with high self-esteem and confidence. It is these children who will lead balanced, intelligent lives, have healthy relationships and chart a course for themselves that will be an excellent model for others to follow. For you parents, I know you are the ones that want the absolute best for your children. Your children were created for excellence, by excellence and through excellence, and it is through your compassion and knowledge that they will be great producers for the world. In this series I will read and expound from Reconnected in the areas that specifically address parenting. These areas include Validation, Self-Esteem, Self-Image, Visualization, Communication & Listening Skills, Optimism, Gratitude, Building Emotional Literacy, Emotional Balancing, and Identifying and Managing Emotions.. www.cloudsofabundance.com
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