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The complete idiot's guide to caring for aging parents

Author: Linda M Colvin Rhodes
Publisher: Indianapolis, IN : Alpha Books : Macmillan USA, Inc., ©2001.
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Offers advice on medical conditions, medical insurance and prescription drug costs, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and resources available for assistance.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Linda M Colvin Rhodes
ISBN: 002863943X 9780028639437
OCLC Number: 45814547
Description: xx, 339 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Seeing Aging Through Your Parents' Eyes --
Aging as Your Parent Sees It --
Living in an Ageist Society --
Change of Roles --
Fight for Independence --
Fears --
The Upside of Aging --
You're Not Alone --
Getting to Know a Different Body --
The Aging Explosion --
Two Kinds of Aging --
Primary Aging --
Secondary Aging --
Aging: Everybody's Doing It --
The Vision Thing --
What Did You Say? --
I've Had It with Counting Sheep! --
The Hot and Cold of It --
Now, Why Did I Go to the Store? --
Not-So-Normal Aging: The Physical Side --
Hard to Hold: Incontinence --
What Can Be Done? --
Other Options --
Vision Under Attack --
Cataracts --
Glaucoma --
Macular Degeneration --
Diabetic Retinopathy --
Diabetes at Her Age? --
Osteoporosis --
Arthritis --
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) --
Not-So-Normal Aging: The Mental Side --
Why Your Parents' Mental Health Is at Risk --
Changes in Sleep Patterns --
Medications --
Fears --
Multiple Losses --
Alcohol --
When It's More Than Just the Blues --
What Is Depression? --
So What Can You Do? --
Can a Pill Fix It? --
Suicide --
Anxiety Disorders --
Seeking Help --
Lifestyle Changes: Good for the Mind --
Brain Attacks (Strokes) and Heart Attacks --
Brain Attacks (Strokes) --
Brain Attack Lingo --
TIA --
Ischemic Stroke --
Hemorrhagic Stroke --
The Stroke Forecast --
Preventing Strokes --
Heart Attacks --
Parents in the Driver's Seat --
The Big Four "Widow Makers" --
High Blood Pressure --
Cholesterol --
Angina --
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) --
Alzheimer's Disease and Cancer --
Alzheimer's: Just How Common Is It? --
Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease --
The Warning Signs --
If You Think Your Mom or Dad Has Dementia --
The Three Stages of Alzheimer's Disease --
The Big "C": Cancer --
Your Parent's View --
What Is Cancer? --
The Danger Signs --
Getting the Diagnosis --
Getting Treatment --
Never Too Old to Prevent Cancer --
The World of Geriatric Health Care --
Managing the Health Care Maze--Even from a Distance --
Getting Organized --
Geriatric Assessments--Getting the Lay of the Land --
Geriatricians --
Coming Up with a Family Plan --
Long-Distance Caregiving --
Advance Work --
Making Your Visit Count --
Cyber Seniors: Staying in Touch via Computer --
Geriatric Care Managers --
What Do Geriatric Care Managers Charge? --
Questions to Ask a Potential Care Manager --
Pills and Your Parents --
Seniors on Drugs --
Drugs That Don't Get Along --
Not Following Directions --
Over-the-Counter Drugs --
Different Bodies, Different Doses --
Working with Doctors --
Working with Pharmacists --
"I'd Rather Fight Than Switch" --
Tips on Taking Meds --
Buying Medications on the Internet --
Saving Money on Prescriptions --
A Trip to the Hospital --
Finding the Right Hospital --
Arriving by Ambulance --
Consent at the Registration Desk --
Medical Errors in Hospitals --
Infections --
Physician Error --
Bed Sores --
Becoming a Patient Advocate --
Trust Your Instincts --
If You Can't Be There --
Home Sweet Home --
Home Health Care --
What Does Your Parent Need? --
Homemaker Care --
Home Health Care Aide --
Skilled Care --
Searching for Providers --
Hiring Through a Home Health Care Agency --
Who's Who in the Home Health Care Biz --
Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and Supply Companies --
Pharmaceutical and Infusion Therapy Companies --
The Cast of Therapists --
Who Pays for What? --
Setting Up Ground Rules --
Nurturing a Relationship --
Be Careful --
Understanding You and Your Parent's Options --
Remaining at Home: Making It Work --
Home Safe Home --
Outside Safety --
Inside Safety --
Creating a Senior-Friendly Home --
Dining in: The Kitchen --
Danger Zone: The Bathroom --
Don't Trip Up on Carpeting --
General Lighting Concerns --
One-Floor Living --
Senior-Friendly Lifestyles --
Catered Meals --
Pills on Delivery and Daily Dispensers --
Easy Fashions --
No More Bad Hair Days! --
Gadgets Galore --
Can We Talk? --
A Real-Life Story --
Living in the Community: Services and Transportation --
Services in the Community: First Stop, the AAA --
Senior Centers--More Than Bingo! --
Government Agencies --
The Phone Book--Go for the Color --
Senior Marketing Discounts and Services --
Getting Around in the Community --
Should Miss Daisy Be Driving? --
Assessing the Situation --
Voluntary Restrictions --
Time to Intervene --
Using Public Transportation --
Housing Options --
Senior Apartments --
College Days Are Here Again: House Mates --
Accessory Apartments --
ECHO Housing --
Foster Care: It's Not Just for Kids --
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) --
Check Out Their Financial Solvency --
Ask if They Are Accredited by the CCAC --
Three Kinds of Agreements --
Questions You'll Want to Ask --
House-Rich but Cash-Poor --
Reverse Mortgages --
Property Tax Deferral Program --
Moving --
Assisted Living --
Who Shouldn't Go to an Assisted Living Facility? --
Who Should Go? --
What Do Assisted Living Facilities Look Like? --
What Mom or Dad Should Expect --
Who Regulates Them? --
Doing Your Homework --
Checking Out Their Reputation --
What Do They Cost? --
Choosing a Nursing Home --
What Is a Nursing Home? --
Who Goes to Nursing Homes? --
Who Pays? --
Medicare --
Medicaid --
Out of Your Pocket --
Medi-Gap or Medicare Supplemental Insurance --
Veterans Nursing Homes --
Medicare Managed Care --
Medicaid Waiver Programs --
Targeting Your Search --
Doing the Research --
On Becoming a Detective --
Watch What You Agree To --
Living in a Nursing Home --
First Things First: Assessing Your Parent's Care --
Easing the Adjustment Period --
A Rundown of the Major Players --
The Kind of Care You Should Expect --
Make Your Visits Count --
What to Do on Your Visits --
Your Parent's Rights --
Appreciate the Staff --
Caregiving: Coming to Live with You --
Are You Up for This? --
What Does Your Parent Need? --
Sizing Up Your Life --
Your Work Life --
Your Family Life --
Your Ability --
Sizing Up Your Resources --
Space --
Skills and Siblings --
Finances --
Holding a Family Meeting --
Making the Decision --
Caring for Someone at Home: The Basics --
Getting Ready --
Organizing the Paperwork --
Doctors Orders and Nurse's Notes --
Accident-Proofing the House --
Your Parent's Bedroom --
Nutrition--What's to Eat? --
Bathing Strategies --
Caregiving and Dementia --
The Need to Wander --
You Can't Do It All --
What You May Feel About Caregiving --
Getting Help --
Join a Support Group --
Involve Other Family Members --
Take Advantage of Community Services --
Hire Help --
Adult Day Services to the Rescue --
Respite Care --
Support Your Spouse --
Knowing When to Let Go --
Caregiver's Creed --
End-of-Life Matters and Hospice --
What Most People Want When They're Dying --
Finding the Words --
Coming to Terms with Dying --
What Is Hospice? --
When to Call for Hospice --
Medicare Covers Hospice Care --
Finding a Hospice --
Questions to Ask a Hospice Provider --
Some Parting Words About Family --
Financial and Legal Matters --
Got to Have Those M & Ms: Medicare and Medicaid --
Medicare: What Is It? --
Covering the Gap: Medi-Gap --
Buying a Medi-Gap Policy --
Out in the Cold: What Medicare Doesn't Cover --
What's This About Assignment? --
Original Medicare or Medicare Managed Care? --
How Does Medicare Managed Care Work? --
A New Alternative: Private-Fee-for-Service Plans --
An Ounce of Prevention --
Fighting for Your Rights --
The Other "M": Medicaid --
Who's in Charge? --
Spending Down --
Help with Premiums --
The Saving Private Ryan Generation --
New Rules: Dad's Got to Enroll --
VA Health Care Benefits Package --
Long-Term Care Services --
If They Don't Have It, They'll Get It --
State Veterans Homes --
Alzheimer's/Dementia Program --
Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (GRECCs) --
Cancer Care --
Burial and Memorial Benefits --
Burial at a Military Cemetery --
Burial Expenses --
Military Funeral Honors --
Presidential Memorials and Burial Flags --
Tracking Down Old Buddies --
Beating Out-of-Pocket Expenses --
Smart Consumer Tips --
Doctors Who Take Assignment --
Free Shots --
Senior Discounts --
Secondhand Equipment --
Generic Drugs --
Volunteer Services --
Long-Term Care Insurance --
How Much Does It Cost? --
Why Buy Long-Term Care Insurance? --
Finding a Good Insurance Company --
What You Should Look for in a Policy --
What Kind of Care Is Covered? --
What's a Reasonable Reimbursement Rate? --
Inflation Protection --
Coverage for Alzheimer's and Dementia --
The Waiting Game --
Are There Eligibility Requirements? --
What's the Maximum, and for How Long? --
Waivers and Guaranteed Renewals --
Fixed Premiums for Fixed Incomes --
Upgrade Privileges and Nonforfeiture Protection --
Pre-Existing Conditions and Exclusions --
A Word on Travel Insurance --
Planning for Incapacity --
What's an Advance Directive? --
Living Will --
Durable Health Care Power of Attorney --
Federal Law: The Patient Self-Determination Act --
General Power of Attorney --
Guardianship--Are You Sure? --
Just What Is Death, Anyway? --
Lawyers, Wills, and Estate Planning --
The New Legal Beagles: Elder Law Attorneys --
Finding an Elder Law Attorney --
What to Ask --
Talking to Your Parents About Their Assets --
Where There's a Will, There's a Way --
Letter of Instruction --
In Trusts We Trust --
Testamentary Trusts --
Revocable Living Trusts --
Irrevocable Living Trusts --
What's Up with Probate? --
On Being an Executor: Honor or Headache? --
National List of State Units on Aging --
Dr. Rhodes' Nursing Home Navigator --
Nursing Home Bill of Rights.
Other Titles: Caring for aging parents
Idiot's guide to caring for aging parents
Responsibility: by Linda Colvin Rhodes.
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<http:\/\/id.worldcat.org\/fast\/1204155<\/a>> # United States.<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Place<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"United States.<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/id.worldcat.org\/fast\/800373<\/a>> # Aging parents--Family relationships<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Intangible<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"Aging parents--Family relationships<\/span>\"@en<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/id.worldcat.org\/fast\/959108<\/a>> # Home care services<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Intangible<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"Home care services<\/span>\"@en<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/id.worldcat.org\/fast\/959323<\/a>> # Home nursing<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Intangible<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"Home nursing<\/span>\"@en<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/viaf.org\/viaf\/72908839<\/a>> # Linda M Colvin Rhodes<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Person<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:familyName<\/a> \"Rhodes<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:givenName<\/a> \"Linda M. Colvin<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"Linda M Colvin Rhodes<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/worldcat.org\/isbn\/9780028639437<\/a>>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:ProductModel<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:isbn<\/a> \"002863943X<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:isbn<\/a> \"9780028639437<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/www.worldcat.org\/title\/-\/oclc\/45814547<\/a>>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a genont:InformationResource<\/a>, genont:ContentTypeGenericResource<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:about<\/a> <http:\/\/www.worldcat.org\/oclc\/45814547<\/a>> ; # The complete idiot\'s guide to caring for aging parents<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:dateModified<\/a> \"2018-11-10<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0void:inDataset<\/a> <http:\/\/purl.oclc.org\/dataset\/WorldCat<\/a>> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/www.worldcat.org\/title\/-\/oclc\/45814547#PublicationEvent\/indianapolis_in_alpha_books_macmillan_usa_inc_2001<\/a>>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:PublicationEvent<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:location<\/a> <http:\/\/experiment.worldcat.org\/entity\/work\/data\/16746468#Place\/indianapolis_in<\/a>> ; # Indianapolis, IN<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:organizer<\/a> <http:\/\/experiment.worldcat.org\/entity\/work\/data\/16746468#Agent\/macmillan_usa_inc<\/a>> ; # Macmillan USA, Inc.<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:organizer<\/a> <http:\/\/experiment.worldcat.org\/entity\/work\/data\/16746468#Agent\/alpha_books<\/a>> ; # Alpha Books<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>

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