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Caring for an aging parent is an all-encompassing experience that affects every aspect of our lives. It brings changes and challenges that are difficult emotionally and physically. Through interviews with caregivers and experts on aging, this video addresses issues such as becoming your parent's caregiver, balancing work and personal life with the never-ending tasks of caregiving, coping with negative emotions and anxieties, and caring with compassion. When Your Parent Needs You emphasizes that caring for an aging parent can be more than an experience that is merely survived. It is an opportunity for personal growth, and most importantly, a window of time to give back to your parents and share their final years with them.
The video features two specialists in caregiving and aging issues: Beth Witrogen McLeod and Avrene L. Brandt, Ph.D. Beth Witrogen McLeod is a journalist, speaker, consultant and author of Caregiving: The Spiritual Journey of Love, Loss and Renewal, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She has appeared on NBC's Today Show, and her articles on elder care have appeared in Good Housekeeping, Health, Family Circle, and The Wall Street Journal. Dr. Brandt, a practicing licensed clinical psychologist, is a consultant to the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. She is the author of Caregiver's Reprieve.
This video covers topics such as:
1) Becoming the Caregiver for Your Parent
2) Altering Roles Between Parent and Adult Child
3) Relating to Your Parent in a Way You Didn’t Before
4) Experiencing life changes trhough ccaregiving
5) Confronting Your Parent About Their Need for Help
6) Grieving As a Caretaker
7) Recognizing and Dealing With the Stress of Caregiving
11) Hitting Bottom
12) Growing as a Caregiver
Also included is a booklet of resources with:
*Tips for family caregivers
*Tips for family caregivers from physicians and other healthcare professionals
*Caregivers and depression
*Handling the medical and financial maze
*Guidelines fro coping with emotions
*List of support groups and websites