This is a timely, practical help for the growing number of people caring for an elderly relative. Some 24.4 million U.S. households are now responsible for a senior's care, with that number sure to grow as seniors expand from thirteen percent of the population today to twenty percent by 2030. Packed with practical, easy to understand advice, this helpful guide delivers the nuts and bolts information caregivers need, whether the senior they're responsible for lives with them, lives alone in his or her own home, or resides in a long term care facility. It explains how to help elders stay active and engaged in the face of emotional setbacks (such as the death of their peers), mental difficulties (such as memory failures), and physical changes (such as decreased mobility). It tells how to help manage a senior's medical condition and how to handle wills, powers of attorney, and other legal issues. And it shows caregivers how to track down the additional resources and help they need everything from how to arrange adult daycare to where to find a hospice.
Rachelle Zukerman, PhD (Woodland Hills, CA), is a gerontologist, licensed clinical social worker, and Associate Professor of Social Welfare at the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. Dr. Zukerman taught clinical gerontology as a visiting professor at Hong Kong University and was a 1998-99 Fulbright Scholar to Taiwan where she taught counseling methods for elderly clients and their families.