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Coping With Your Difficult Older Parent : A Guide for Stressed-Out Children [Paperback]

By Grace LeBow (Author), Barbara Kane (Author) & Irwin LeBow (Author)
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Item description for Coping With Your Difficult Older Parent : A Guide for Stressed-Out Children by Grace LeBow, Barbara Kane & Irwin LeBow...

Offers particular advice for adults who are caring for previously estranged and/or increasingly difficult aging parents, presenting common-sense advice on ending the cycle of blame, guilt, and anger while volunteering sample dialogues of difficult situations. Original.

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Do You Have An Aging Parent Who --

Blames you for everything that goes wrong?Cannot tolerate being alone, wants you all the time?Is obsessed with health problems, real, or imagined?Make unreasonable and/or irrational demands of you?Is hostile, negative and critical?

Coping with these traits in parents is an endless high-stress battle for their children. Though there's no medical defination for "difficult" parents, you know when you have one. While it's rare for adults to change their ways late in life, you can stop the vicious merry-go-round of anger, blame, guilt and frustration.

For the first time, here's a common-sense guide from professionals, with more than two decades in the field, on how to smooth communications with a challenging parent. Filled with practical tips for handling contentious behaviors and sample dialogues for some of the most troubling situations, this book addresses many hard issues, including: How to tell your parent he or she cannot live with you. How to avoid the cycle of nagging and recriminations How to prevent your parent's negativity from overwhelming you. How to deal with an impaired parent who refuses to stop driving. How to asses the risk factors in deciding whether a parent is still able to live alone.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Harper Paperbacks
Pages   203
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.08" Width: 5.38" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 1999
Publisher   Harper Paperbacks
ISBN  038079750X  
ISBN13  9780380797509  
UPC  099455012959  

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More About Grace LeBow, Barbara Kane & Irwin LeBow

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Grace Lebow and Barbara Kane, the co-founders of Aging Network Services of Bethesda, Maryland, are clinical social workers and care managers, specializing in older people and their families. They created a nationwide network of similar professionals to work with geographically separated families. This is their first book.

Grace LeBow currently resides in Bethesda, in the state of Maryland.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > General
2Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Personal Health > Aging > General
3Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Personal Health > Aging
4Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Self-Help > General
5Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Self-Help
6Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology > Marriage & Family
7Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Aging Parents > General
8Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Aging Parents
9Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Family Relationships > Parent & Adult Child
10Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > General
11Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Parenting > General
12Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Parenting

Reviews - What do customers think about Coping With Your Difficult Older Parent : A Guide for Stressed-Out Children?

Terrific  May 26, 2008
This book provided a great resource for us in dealing with a difficult mother-in-law. We still have problems with her, but the book has help identify how to cope with some of her behaviros and we seem to be able to cope much better.
You will relate  May 8, 2008
If you are dealing with a difficult situation with your older parent, it will help to read this work. The authors present different personality and communication styles that are common toboth the older adult and the adult child. They then describe why older adults say some of the things they do how to respond in a way that is firm yet respectful of the needs of both adult and child. If you had the time and the inclination to think about what these authors suggest you might of come up with some of the same conclusions. They have done it for you. I refer to mine often.
Will you still love me when I'm 64?  Apr 20, 2008

Don't buy this book. I'll be good.

I'm not going to the track anymore! See! I'll stop gambling away your inheritance. I'll even stop having sex with that woman. Point is, you don't have to chain me to the radiator.

Remember that time I took you to the baseball game? Wasn't that fun! Ha Ha.
Practical & Helpful  Apr 10, 2008
This book is very easy to use as an aide in dealing with difficult aging parents. It starts with a questionnaire which helps categorize what type of difficult person you are dealing with and then has chapters dealing with each category. It includes lots of real examples and gives tips as to how grown children can best deal and cope with the different situations that arise. It also includes an extensive Bibliography for further reading. I recommend this to those who are having a hard time with their aging parents. (It does not address dealing with alzheimers though).

--Karen Arlettaz Zemek, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry"
coping with elders  Feb 14, 2008
Although there are some good points in this point, the overwhelming view seems to be that the younger folks have to continually sacrifice their self esteem, personal values, and integrity to coddle an elder. There are some folks who are mean and nasty all of their lives and seem to get worse as they age. The tactics do not work on these people and they are quick to tell you about "your tactics" or demean you for trying. Don't fool yourself that this will work 100% of the time.
Too many self help books with quick fixes and trite responses

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