Bart J. Mindszenthy, APR, FCPRS, LM, is a family caregiver and eldercaring advocate with five books on the subject. He is also a partner in a communications firm operating in Canada and the U.S. He lives in Toronto.
Parenting Your Parents
Itâ€™s an experience shared by almost all of us at some point in our lives, yet we all feel like itâ€™s something we go through alone. When our parents reach a certain age, and are unable to cope the way they did when they were younger, we find ourselves wondering how to provide them with the kind of love, care, support, affection, and attention they need â€“ just as they have done for us all our lives.
Parenting Your Parents examines the experiences of fourteen families that are facing the challenge of helping and supporting their aging parents through a range of demanding situations. Each story demonstrates that we are not alone â€“ that many thousands of us face similar challenges every day, everywhere. And if we set our minds to it, we can learn to understand the challenges, pitfalls, joys, and sorrows, and begin to plan now.
With reflections and advice from one of Canadaâ€™s pre-eminent geriatric physicians, as well as a personal planner and a list of organizations and services that can be of assistance, Parenting Your Parents is a valuable tool for anyone facing this special family crisis.
"Bart Mindszenthry and Dr. Michael Gordon are to be commended on writing an accessible and extremely useful book that helps parents and their adults children through a stressful time of life for everyone concerned."
Michael Gordon, MD, MSC, and FRCPC, is professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and the head of Geriatrics and Internal Medicine at Toronto's Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. He lives in Toronto.