Eldercare 101: A Practical Guide to Later Life Planning, Care, and Wellbeing, Updated Edition

Rowman & Littlefield. Jul. 2023. 360p. ISBN 9781538172858. pap. $35. HEALTH
Much has changed since 2016, when gerontologist/aging life care manager Saavedra published the first edition of this helpful guide directed at family and professional caregivers for older people: the pandemic provoked a reassessment of nursing homes; some people moved out of cities and became more aware of the importance of connections to others; and many people dealt with their own and others’ isolation and depression. In this updated edition, Saavedra uses what she calls the “six pillars of aging wellbeing” to explore and discuss the legal, living-environment, spiritual, social, medical, and financial issues that today’s elder population may encounter. For example, lawyers can help determine options when an older person does not have children or any family in the area. Social workers may look into living-environment options, a pastor may discuss one’s spirituality and the end of life, and other experts will consider social aspects, connectedness, wellness and care, fears, managing dementia, and money matters.
VERDICT By 2030, some 78 million baby boomers are expected to reach the age of 65. They, as well as their current and potential caregivers, will welcome this practical advice.
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