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A Practical Guide to Later Life Planning, Care, and Wellbeing
Mary Jo Saavedra -
Susan Cain McCarty; Theresa Giddings; Rev. Lawrence Hansen; Benjamin B. Hellickson; Joyce Sjoberg and Sara K. Yen -
The Silver Tsunami is upon us as elder care and crisis management reaches a tipping point with the graying of America. By 2020, 54 million people in the U.S. will be over the age of 65; by 2030, that number will top 80 million. Feeling the squeeze of multi-generational home demands, children of aging parents are struggling to learn innovative eldercare management strategies and often find themselves overwhelmed by the many facets of caregiving.
is the answer to making order from chaos. As a guide covering all aspects of aging and end-of-life in one place, caregivers will no longer spend endless nights trying to decode the Internet trail--confused, uncertain, and fearful of what they’re missing. Whether they are proactively planning ahead or need to have fast answers, this comprehensive, technology-rich resource presents steppingstones for the Sandwich Generation as they navigate caring for aging parents, grandparents, friends, and other family members.
is a well-researched, organized, easy-to-understand guide for families desperately in need of help as they care for their aging loved ones. The book is organized into “6 pillars of aging wellbeing”: legal, financial, living environment, social, medical, and spiritual. Each pillar is explored by an expert and offers best practices and tips for evaluating choices, making decisions, and living well wherever the road might lead.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
978-1-4422-6546-2 • Hardback • August 2016 •
978-1-4422-6547-9 • eBook • August 2016 •
Self-Help / Aging
Health & Fitness / General
Medical / Holistic Medicine
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Mary Jo Saavedra, MAIS, CMC, CAPS, CSA
is a practicing gerontologist and aging life care manager in Portland, Oregon. With a passion for empowering individuals of all ages to live their best lives, Mary Jo is dedicated to the holistic wellbeing of her clients. Using her 6 Pillars of Aging Wellbeing™ process, she helps elders choose how they will live with the challenges of aging; at the heart of every care or life plan she designs is respect for the needs and wants of the elder.
An out-of-the-box thinker, Mary Jo is credited with defining the conceptual model for an innovative real estate-focused rating system for classifying age-friendly homes. She is also an adjunct professor of gerontology at Marylhurst University, Pacific University, and Portland Community College; and she teaches aging and spirituality at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Milwaukie, Oregon. In addition, Mary Jo has 30 years of professional experience across multiple industries including high tech, nonprofit, and health and wellbeing.
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1: LEGAL EASE / Sara K. Yen, JD, LLM
2: MONEY MATTERS / Theresa Giddings, CPA, CFP
3: LIVING ENVIRONMENT OPTIONS FOR ELDERS/ Susan Cain McCarty, MAIS, CSA
4: SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR ELDERS/ Susan Cain McCarty, MAIS, CSA
5: NAVIGATING THE MEDICAL MAZE / Joyce Sjoberg, MA, RN, CMC
6: SPIRITUALITY AND THE END(S) OF LIFE: CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE CARED-FOR AND THEIR CARE-GIVERS / Rev. Lawrence Hansen, BCC/CFHPC, CT
Meet the Authors
Gerontologist and 'aging life-care manager'Saavedra, with the help of other experts on the elderly, delivers on the promise in her subtitle. She divides her guide to caring for parents and other family members into six useful sections: 'Legal Ease,' 'Money Matters,' 'Living Environment Options,' 'Social Considerations,' 'Navigating the Medical Maze,' and 'Spirituality and the End of Life.' Making ample use of boldface type and shaded boxes, she defines such terms as
power of attorney
(a legal document that gives someone the authority to sign documents and conduct transactions on another person’s behalf) and
(dying without a will) in each chapter and also in a glossary at the end.... [T]his just-the-facts service guide gathers a large amount of good information in one place and fills a serious need: the over-65 population will number 54 million by 2020 and 80 million by 2030. Saavedra’s book will get a lot of use.
apart from other guides to family decision making in later life is the unique approach taken by Saavedra and her co-authors. Older adults and those who care about and for them are viewed holistically and reverentially. The complex issues they face together are considered in ways that are both practical and inspirational. I anticipate that this guide will become a valuable and indispensable resource for many.
Jennifer Sasser, Phd, Educational Gerontologist, author, and convener of the Gero-Punk Project
ElderCare 101: Getting Organized Forms
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