When Roles Reverse: A Guide to Parenting Your Parents, Volume 6
Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Incorporated, 2006 - 312 halaman
After his father suffered a massive stroke and his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Jim Comer found himself an overnight "parent" at the age of 51. When he walked into his father's hospital room everyone looked to him as the "man who knew all the answers." He soon realized he didn't even know the questions.
In ten years of caregiving, Comer has not only learned the questions he has lived them, and with When Roles Reverse he shares his hard-won answers.
He learned to deal with hospitals, insurance companies, rehab centers, his father's deafness and his mother's dementia. Through it all Jim has kept his sanity and sense of humor, in the process forging a deeper, more intimate relationship with his parents.
With laugh-out-loud humor, Jim deals with improvisational moments for which there is no preparation:
And offers personal experience and expert insight on the many issues it's absolutely essential to plan for such as:
When Roles Reverse even includes "Fifty Questions that will save you Time, Money, and Tears," a special section designed to help families initiate vital communication and prepare for the crises, confusion and unexpected joys of caregiving.
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I remember the mom who took twelve third-graders on a streetcar to a Saturday
matinee in New Orleans when I turned eight. I still feel eight some days. There
are many times when I long to turn back the clock. I no longer get to argue politics
Interview your parents on videotape and get them talking about their early days. It
is the territory they may remember best. • Ask questions while your folks can still
remember the answers. • Create a memory book of photos and mementos.
The following week, Doug's father promised to take a memory test, but was
worried about remembering how to get the doctor's office. Doug showed him the
route and they did two practice runs. He figured that if his dad did not make it to
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