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CARING FOR YOURSELF WHILE CARING FOR YOUR AGING PARENTS: Third Edition (Henry Holt/Owl Books, 2005)

Several years ago, when I sat down to write about caring for one’s aged and ailing parents, I felt very much alone.

My mother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease; my mother-in-law, then in her late nineties, had begun to suffer from a variety of ailments. Both women were once capable, outgoing, and highly independent. Now each was widowed, ill, painfully lonely, and very much in need of attention and care. How could I help meet their needs and still find time to live a life?

I interviewed geriatricians, psychologists, nurses, lawyers, social workers, home aides, nursing home directors and personnel. Most of all, I spoke to other caregivers, who shared their coping mechanisms with me. I was no longer alone.

The resultant work has been well received by critics and the general public.

“Through an expert weave of personal stories, her own experience, and expert advice from others, author Berman speaks directly to the emotional, practical, and financial aspects of caregiving…. This is truly a one-of-a-kind book, with practical suggestions aimed at validating and supporting the caregiver’s emotional coping mechanisms. Highly recommended.”

--Library Journal [starred review]

“Shows how to choose dedication over martyrdom, self-preservation over selflessness … an invaluable safety net for adult children who care for aging parents.”

--Booklist

The second edition contains new information on nursing homes, with updated statistics and resources throughout.