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Suggested Readings

Aging in the 21st Century:  Consensus report (2002).  Stanford, California:  The Institute on Women & Gender. 

“Experts” on aging identify critical issues faced by elders and their families in the 21st  Century.  Topics include:  (1) Living (and Dying) Longer; (2) Caregiving; (3)  Inequities Mount; (4) How Social Institutions Fail; and others.

The fearless caregiver:  How to get the best care for your loved one and still have a life of your own Sterling, VA, Capitol Books Inc.

 “Experts” on caregiving address topics such as legal and financial matters, care tips, dealing with medical personal, specialized caregiving, care of the caregiver, holidays, caregiving outside the home, and “end of life” considerations.

Bridges, B. J. (1995). Therapeutic caregiving: A practical guide for caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s and other dementia causing diseases.  Mill Creek, Washington, BJB Publishing.

 This book is a down-to-earth practical guide for caregivers of persons with dementing illness.   A chapter on “The Therapeutic Role of the Caregiver” identifies feelings and role changes of the caregiver and where to get support.  Practical suggestions for “ caregiving” are provided throughout the book.

 Doka, K, J. & Davidson, J.D. (Eds.) 1998). Living with grief:  Who we are.   How we grieve.  Philadelphia: Brunner/Mazel.

 The Hospice Foundation of America provides many services to people throughout the U.S.A.   This book includes a series of articles related to loss and grief with emphasis upon spirituality, ethnicity and culture, and helping people “make sense out of loss”.

 Goodwill: Neighbors helping neighbors program really does involve ‘good will’ (2002).  Utah Spirit, January, pgs. 24-25.

 This article describes a community-based program designed to involve neighbors in helping meet the needs of low-income seniors with limited social supports.  Volunteers are instrumental in providing services to seniors who need a “helping hand”.

 Ilardo, J.A. (1998).  As parents age: A psychological and practical guide.   Acton, Massachusetts, VanderWyk & Burnham.

 Many decisions are faced by people as they age – for the elders themselves, their children and other supportive family members.  Issues to be addressed and available resources are identified.  Helpful checklists and worksheets are provided.  Topics addressed include:  (1) the impact on the family; (2) what to do if your aging parent has a mental problem; (3) helping your parent stay at home for as long as possible; (4) when a parent must leave home, and others.

 Morris, V. (1996).  How to care for aging parents.  New York:  Workman Publishing.

 This book is a comprehensive, helpful resource providing information regarding financial, legal, medical, psychological and day-to-day resources important to people as they age and for the person who will direct their care.

 Rubenson, E.F. (2000).  When aging parents can’t live alone: A practical family guide.  Lincolnwood, Illinois, Lowell House.

 Information in this book will help families decide if placement in an alternative living s ituation is the best choice for an elder family member.  The author also addresses how to help families make a thoughtful and informed decision about which alternative living situation would best meet their elder’s needs.  The author provides step-by-step guides in examining concerns that relate to physical, emotional and mental health, personal finances, insurance coverage and benefits, safety, costs, accessibility and available services.

 55 +: Salt Lake County Aging Services Senior Resource Directory (2002 Edition).  Salt Lake County Aging Services, Outreach Program, March.

This Senior Resource Directory includes services offered by a wide range of organizations serving seniors and their families in the Salt Lake County area.  Each listing in the directory includes contact information, including phone numbers, and a brief description of services.

Who will provide care?  Emerging issues for state policymakers (2001).  Proceedings of the Family Caregiver Alliance, National Center on Caregiving, 25th Anniversary  Conference Proceedings.  San Francisco, CA, October 26-27.

 Among the issues addressed at this conference were the following:  (1)  Long-term Care; (2) Respite Care; (3) Family Caregivers and the Workplace; (4) Paying Families to Provide Care; and (5) Implications for Family Caregivers.