A Practical Guide to Later Life Planning, Care, and Wellbeing
by Mary Jo Saavedra
Pub Date 04 Dec 2017
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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. Eldercare 101
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.
Eldercare 101 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.
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. http://www.eldercare101book.com/
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A Note From the Publisher
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 intestacy (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.
What sets Eldercare 101 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