Chapter 1

Providing Eldercare for a Loved One

Aging—it happens to all of us. It’s a natural part of life, and for anyone who has made it to his or her golden years, there will be changes and challenges to body, mind, and spirit. Bit by bit, you may notice a new wobble in your loved one’s walk, an increase in those senior moments, or perhaps your older person just seems more fragile and vulnerable overall.

Providing care for a loved one will touch your life in many different ways. It might affect you personally as you care for your spouse who is recovering from a heart attack. Perhaps your best friend is a long distance caregiver for her parents living across the country. Or maybe your neighbors’ elderly mother has moved in with them because ...

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