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 needed smiles badly that day. Like Americans electing a president, my decision
was not an exercise in logic. Once I selected a hospital, the question was what to
do with Mother. She couldn't stay alone in Dallas, and I couldn't take her back ...
Let's say that you're staying with your mother after she's had an operation. She is
doing fine, but it's been ten days since you had a night to yourself so you buy
tickets for a touring company of Rent, and your brother promises to stay with her.
In my rookie year of parenting I thought I had to stay at the retirement home a
certain length of time to get credit with the good son angel. That was my
expectation, not that of my parents. Mother no longer has a standard concept of
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