Aging Is a Family Affair

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Aging Is a Family Affair

How to Prepare for Tomorrow's Difficult Caregiving Conversations—Today

Mary Ann Massey offers practical solutions for the complex problems of aging and end of life. Case studies illuminate simple and effective tools that encourage communication and support families facing the challenges of diminished health, loss of independence, and caregiver exhaustion.

Opening up a conversation about a loved one's wishes for the end of life can be extremely difficult. Many families avoid discussing these kinds of painful subjects until they have no choice but to face the changing abilities and needs of their elder members. The stress of an ill or disabled parent can cause turmoil and confusion for any family.

A longtime marriage and family counselor, Mary Anne Massey draws on numerous case studies to suggest gentle, effective methods for beginning and sustaining challenging yet necessary conversations that deal with aging. Her suggestions for addressing problems proactively can ease troubling circumstances and make the final stages of a loved one’s life more peaceful and harmonious.

Aging is a Family Affair will help you:

Break through barriers that interfere with productive family conversations
Recognize the patterns, good and bad, that every family brings to caregiving
Deal more effectively with sibling relationships and disagreements
Articulate your family's choices more clearly
Acknowledge your own strengths and limitations
Celebrate the spiritual riches of caregiving even in the midst of challenges

Reviews and endorsements

“Families are often a complex, conflicted yet ultimately loving lot. Mary Ann Massey knows this first hand, from long professional experience and from personal life. In her new book, Aging is a Family Affair, Massey brings this wide-ranging knowledge to bear on one of the most difficult challenges we face: how best to care for our aging loved ones, while caring also for ourselves. “
Sofia M. Starnes, author of A Commerce of Moments, The Soul’s Landscape, and Corpus Homini, poetry editor of The Anglican Theological Review

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9780824526238
Paperback / 176 pages
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25
CROSSROAD, 2011