Today's U.S. healthcare system is fragmented, error-prone, and patient-unfriendly, especially for older people, who often see multiple doctors and have multiple medical concerns. You need a survival kit, with a map and compass, in order to learn what the risks are and how to anticipate and avoid them. "Our Parents in Crisis" gives you those tools and the know-how to use them. It also tells a compelling family story that is must reading for all generations, especially the baby boomers and their loved ones.
In 2002, author Ann G. Sjoerdsma nearly lost her seriously ill, 78-year-old mother to medical inertia, missed connections, ageism, incompetence--take your pick, she says. An astute journalist and former practicing lawyer, Sjoerdsma could see that the accepted diagnosis didn't fit her mother's symptoms, even though doctors could--or would--not. Sjoerdsma intervened, challenging medical authority and taking action that resulted in saving her mother's life. The experience was transformative for both mother and daughter: It altered Ann Sjoerdsma's perceptions.
Simply because of aging--because of surviving--she realized, her mother and father, who were highly educated and intelligent physicians, had become vulnerable, and she couldn't trust the system to take good care of them. If they needed protection from healthcare errors, she had to protect them. She had to speak up. She couldn t let a physician's illogic, inaction, avoidance, bigotry, or any other failing or obfuscation within the healthcare system determine the fate of people she dearly loved.
Your Health and Your Body Are Not Cookie Cutters . . . Create a New Beginning to Last the Rest of Your Life - and That Never Go Out of Season - Starting Today!
It doesn't matter what age you are . . . author and Natural Health Consultant Connie Pshigoda has crafted a variety of seasonal health tips and delicious recipes to satisfy your hunger for a better life and year-round well-being. Within the Wise Woman's Almanac, she connects Nature's seasons and your natural life rhythms, resulting in perfect harmony and balance.
Throughout The Wise Woman's Almanac, you will use reflective questions, seasonal food lists, charts and exercises to achieve optimal well-being. You will discover that your physical, emotional and spiritual vitality are the essence of good health and wellness . . . not the lack of disease.
The human body's physiological needs are profoundly influenced by the rhythms and cycles of the Earth's seasonal changes.
You will discover that there are 5 seasons in your yearly well-being almanac:
Springtime is youth, young adulthood, beginning a first career and growing through education and life experiences.
Summertime is an abundance of mid-age adventures: maturing, raising a family and expanding your career options, even creating new ones.
Autumn becomes a time to shine as the next empties and reaping the harvest of a successful career and your life investments.
Winter brings a variety of multi-generational blessings from grandchildren, retirement, stepping into the roles of role model and mentor and sharing the wisdom that decades have accumulated.
Overlapping Season combines Springtime, Summer, Autumn or Winter with one or more of the other seasons resulting in a wondrous and welcome rebirth and rejuvenation. New classes, new careers . . . a new you!
This book is a rich, unique tapestry created with threads of hope, humor, love, faith and compassion that will inspire others who give of themselves relentlessly in their role as caregivers.
Dementia care may, at times, seem to unravel the threads of family life as caregivers navigate this difficult journey. Meet Me Where I Am is a vision created by caregivers who conquered the summit. They decided to share the joy, humor, and wisdom that they gained through their personal ascent.
The Book That Gets Better With Age is a collection of aphorisms and stories about the things that can get better as we age. It offers a humorous and insightful look through the looking glass of aging. As you read the book, the type gets bigger. And, the illustrations that accompany each chapter illuminates the idea that aging is actually full of promise and not a diminishment of life.