New Book Sheds Light on the Balancing Act for Family Caregivers

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John Hemphill discusses the challenge of taking care of an aging parent while managing one’s own list of responsibilities.

Approximately 34.2 - 44 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the prior 12 months, according to a Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 Report released by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP Public Policy Institute. In addition, nearly 70 percent of senior citizens will require long-term care, according to Harvard University. While many individuals would like to remain in their own homes, chronic illnesses causing disabilities, stubbornness and lack of caregiving assistance oftentimes gets in the way of maintaining independence.

In his new book, “Who Will Care for You In Your Time of Need…The Reckoning,” Hemphill examines the modern-day family caregiving “reckoning crises.” It is a phenomenon that shows many U.S. adults are now sandwiched caring or contemplating caring for an aging parent, grandparent, family relative or grandkids. With so many people coming to grips with their new-found caregiving duties, commitments and juggling work responsibilities, one question remains. While caring for others, who will care for you, in your time of need?

Hemphill encourages adults, of all ages, to start thinking, early-on-in-life, about how and where they will spend their future, and what quality of life will they have when one reach age 65 and beyond. He mentions in the book that people will be confronted with four inevitable lifestyle challenges:        

  • How will you manage your own care when your independence is in question?        
  • Will you have the resources and family assistance to help manage your care or an aging family member?
  • Do you have one or more chronic health conditions/disabilities that may jeopardize your future independence? And,
  • In addition to your health/wellness, safety and quality of life... Have you Formulated an Early Smart Family Plan to Age-in-Place?

“Who Will Care for You In Your Time of Need…The Reckoning” inspires readers to become proactive in addressing their own future quality of life by Formulating A Smart Family Action Plan to Age-In-Place. Geared to individuals of all ages, Hemphill guides readers to embrace living healthy as a top lifestyle priority and in addition sheds light on a multifaceted training guide for developing a lifestyle of health, senior independence and a safeguarded quality of life.

About the author
John D. Hemphill is a retired senior public health advisor from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Before retiring in 2010, he spent his last 10 years at CDC, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). Hemphill has parlayed his public health and family caregiving experiences to create key aging-in-place lifestyle lesson principles for living longer and maintaining independence.

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