9780520245242

Our Parents, Ourselves

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  • ISBN13:

    9780520245242

  • ISBN10:

    0520245245

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-10-01
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Summary

The prospect of caring for elderly relatives who may be too old, fragile, or forgetful to manage on their own looms large for millions of women and men who are unprepared for the difficulties such an experience can bring. Written by a daughter of aging parents, this book takes an honest, unflinching look at aging in America, weaving together personal stories with current medical information to trace exactly how social and health care policies are affecting daily lives. Judith Steinberg Turiel addresses such topics as healthy aging and independent living; mental impairment brought on by Alzheimer's, other dementias, and depression; women as caregivers; health care rationing; the power of prescription drug makers; end-of-life care; and prospects for Medicare. Her book clearly demonstrates the pressing need for quality health care for people of all ages--through universal, publicly funded health insurance.

Author Biography

Judith Steinberg Turiel currently serves on the Board of Directors for LifeLong Medical Care in Berkeley, California

Table of Contents

List of Figures
vii
Acknowledgements ix
Introduction 1(13)
Independence in Daily Life: Aging In-Place or Elsewhere
14(38)
Patterns of Decline: Mind and Matter
52(53)
The Pharmaceutical Age: Taking Our Medicine
105(38)
Health-Care Rationing: Taking It Personally
143(36)
End of Life
179(46)

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