SOURCE: McCarty Products

August 23, 2016 11:00 ET

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

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - August 23, 2016) - "The Silver Tsunami" is upon us. In an effort to address the challenges being faced by our aging population and their families, a team of aging experts just released Eldercare 101: A Practical Guide to Later Life Planning, Care, and Wellbeing. This comprehensive roadmap to aging was created by gerontologist Mary Jo Saavedra with section contributions from experts in the fields of elder law, health care, financial management and planning, housing options, spirituality, and end-of-life issues. The contributors include Susan Cain McCarty, Theresa Giddings, Rev. Lawrence Hansen, Dr. Benjamin B. Hellickson, Joyce Sjoberg, and Sara K. Yen. Author bios.

According to Saavedra and her contributors, elder care and crisis management has reached the tipping point with the graying of America. By 2020, 54 million people in the U.S. will be over the age of 65; by 2030, that number will top 80 million. The new Eldercare 101, published by Rowman & Littlefield, can help answer many of the questions that will come up for elders and their families. For example, the book features concrete, practical topics such as how to find home health care, understanding the legalese of elder law and estate planning, preparing for medical and safety concerns, decoding Medicare and Medicaid, and optimizing aging-in-place strategies. It also covers emotionally vulnerable areas such as what to do about an elder who shouldn't drive, having difficult conversations about death and dying, how to avoid scamming, and exploring spirituality and purpose at end of life.

Eldercare 101 is a well-researched, organized guide for families desperately in need of help as they care for their aging loved ones. The book is organized into six "pillars of aging wellbeing": legal, financial, living environment, social, medical, and spiritual. Each pillar is explored by an expert and offers best practices and tips for evaluating choices, making decisions, and living well wherever the road might lead. "We wanted to provide an easy-to-understand, holistic guide for those providing care to their aging spouses, parents, siblings, and friends," said Saavedra. "By focusing on the six 'pillars of aging wellbeing' and utilizing the expertise of industry specialists, we were able to accomplish that."

"All the sections are written by experts in their field with many years' experience, and I am proud to be part of this team," said contributor Susan Cain McCarty. "I wrote the section on the social aspects of aging: Where to live and how to select the best option; where to get help for in-home care; how to create a safe environment; high-tech influences on caring for your parents; determining if a parent can continue to drive; and many other issues."

Eldercare 101 is available from the publisher, Rowman & Littlefield and from Amazon digitally for $25.78 or hardcover for $27.14

About Mary Jo Saavedra, MAIS, CMC, CAPS, CSA

Mary Jo is a practicing gerontologist and aging life-care manager in Portland, Oregon. She is an adjunct professor of gerontology at Marylhurst University, Pacific University, and Portland Community College; and teaches aging and spirituality at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Milwaukie, Oregon. In addition, Mary Jo has thirty years of professional experience across multiple industries including high tech, nonprofit, and health and wellbeing. For information on Mary Jo and Eldercare 101:

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