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Caring for our parents : inspiring stories of families seeking new solutions to America's most urgent health crisis

Author: Howard Gleckman
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Someone you love will almost certainly need long-term care services before they die. Nearly 70 percent of our parents will receive such help sometime during their old age--usually at home, though often in a nursing home. It will last for an average of three years, though one in five will need this assistance for five years or more. This book tells the sometimes painful, sometimes uplifting, and always compelling  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Howard Gleckman
ISBN: 9780312380991 0312380992
OCLC Number: 262885798
Description: xii, 303 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The phone call --
Natalie --
"This is what I do, 24/7" --
The champion --
The claws of the dragon --
Changing the culture --
Everyone wants to stay at home --
How we pay --
Medicaid --
Long-term-care insurance --
The boomers --
How the rest of the world does it --
Solutions --
Dorothy.
Responsibility: Howard Gleckman.
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Someone you love will almost certainly need long-term care services before they die. Nearly 70 percent of our parents will receive such help sometime during their old age--usually at home, though often in a nursing home. It will last for an average of three years, though one in five will need this assistance for five years or more. This book tells the sometimes painful, sometimes uplifting, and always compelling stories of the families who struggle every day with the care needs of their loved ones. The costs are crushing: and the weight of 77 million aging Baby Boomers will devastate our nation's already fragile system for funding this critical day-to-day assistance. How can we repair the tattered safety net that is so essential to our aged and disabled?--From publisher description.

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