In a powerful blending of memoir and practical strategies from a medical doctor’s perspective, The Gift of Caring: Saving Our Parents – and ourselves - from the Perils of Modern Healthcare reveals the hidden side of modern healthcare practices for aging Americans. This ground-breaking book, co-written by award-winning author Marcy Houle and nationally-recognized geriatrician and public health advocate, Elizabeth Eckstrom MD MPH, sheds new light on aging by showing it from twin perspectives: the story of a daughter desperately seeking help for the parents she loves, and a geriatrician who offers life-changing strategies that can protect our loved ones and ourselves.
"In the next few years, 66 million Americans will be caring for an aging parent. "Over eighty-five" is the nation's fastest growing age group, a trend that keeps growing as ten thousand Americans turn sixty-five every day. The desire to help our elders navigate health issues is clear and universal--how to assure proper care and a good ending is not. Combining adroit storytelling skills with expert advice, this book brings the reader into the all-too-familiar scenarios facing our aging parents and offers answers to questions we may not know to ask until it's too late"--
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