Elder Care Journey

A View from the Front Lines

Laura Katz Olson
eISBN-13: 9781438460758

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Winner of a Gold Medal, 2017 Living Now Book Award in the Caregiving category

Shortlisted for the 2016 Sarton Women's Book Awards in the Memoir category presented by the Story Circle Network

For millions of Americans caregiving is the "new normal." For Laura Katz Olson, a respected researcher of long-term care for the aging, Elder Care Journey chronicles the disruption of her world and how it is upended by the ever-increasing long-distance needs of her own mother.

A healthy, Senior Olympics medal winner, Olson's mother is slowly and steadily incapacitated by Parkinson's disease and a gradual loss of vision. Thrust into a long-distance caregiving role, Olson finds her previous academic notions about assisting a frail parent increasingly at odds with the reality of the lived experience. In a narrative full of "ah-ha!" moments, tears, sighs, and outrage that will be familiar to many, Olson opens a window into the nursing home and home care industries that consume much in the way of taxpayer dollars, but often fail to deliver quality care. Olson's personal story vividly demonstrates not only the overwhelming bureaucratic barriers faced by care-dependent seniors but also their beleaguered adult children's attempts to ensure their parents' health, safety, and well-being.

ISBNs 9781438460734, 1438460759, 9781438460758
Language English
Number of Pages 228