The Elder Care Revolution: New Program Helps Families Struggling with Elder Care Issues

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New program helps caregivers who are dealing with aging parents.

The Elder Care Revolution

The Elder Care Revolution by Paula Banks, LSW, CMC

I teach people how to handle the obstacles and difficulties that arise—and how to let go of some of the guilt, stress and other energy-draining emotions that pull caregivers down and make them feel defeated and exhausted.

No roadmap exists that tells people how to manage the care of an aging parent--and there’s never been a greater need for that roadmap. An estimated 42 million Americans are caring for an adult who needs help with daily activities, according to a 2009 survey by the AARP. Ten percent of the 20 million women in this country between the ages of 45 and 56 are members of the Sandwich Generation—caring for an elderly relative while also raising kids. The numbers of hours and dollars they spend in the care and support of their families are into the billions. For anyone in a caregiving situation, the stress can be extreme.

Paula Banks LSW, CMC, is the creator of the new program called The Elder Care Revolution. Banks is a Certified Geriatric Care Manager who is also a Licensed Social Worker with 27 years of clinical experience working with seniors and their caregivers. She has worked in hospitals, nursing homes and home care agencies throughout New England, and understands the difficulties, emotions, and day-to-day isolation and stress that are all part of caring for an elderly relative.

“I know what this is like because I’ve been there myself,” says Banks. “I teach people how to handle the obstacles and difficulties that arise—and how to let go of some of the guilt, stress and other energy-draining emotions that pull caregivers down and make them feel defeated and exhausted. This is why I created The Elder Care Revolution—to provide a roadmap to people who need help.”

Produced by Legacy Publishing Company, The Elder Care Revolution offers advice on:

  •     Dementia (Alzheimer's and non-Alzheimer's)—How to recognize it, how to get proper treatment, and how you and your loved one can live with it.
  •     Unsafe driving? When Dad doesn't want to give up the keys. How to have "the talk," options for when he does stop driving, what to do if he won't.
  •     Denial and communication problems—Word-for-word scripts you can use to talk to your parents about health problems, mobility issues, incontinence, living arrangements, finances, living wills and more.
  •     Family at war? How to get cooperation, including the strategies Paula uses successfully to help families put disagreements aside and work together to care for their parents.
  •     Assisted living and nursing homes—How to determine when it's time. How to choose a good one. How to afford it and how to talk about it with your parent.
  •     Paula’s personal resources that she uses to get help for her clients. Where to get reliable geriatric medical care, home care, legal and financial help, all in your area. No more wild goose chases on the web.
  •     Caregiver stress—Paula’s battle cry is, “No more guilt!” Many caregivers feel like what they're doing is never enough. Paula shows them how to get past the guilt and stress and take healthy action.

The help Banks offered was a godsend to Cheryl Kepner, who is also the Editor of the new program. “When my 85-year-old mother-in-law with diabetes and dementia moved in with me and my husband, we had no idea how her life and ours would be impacted. We were suddenly responsible for all her medical, financial, legal and emotional needs, and we were completely overwhelmed. Paula Banks helped us with everything from getting assistance with Margaret’s finances to how to talk to her about incontinence. The guidance she gave us was the inspiration for The Elder Care Revolution Program.”

The Elder Care Revolution is an affordable, step-by-step program that shows caregivers how to develop a plan of action for an elderly parent or loved one. It gives them the medical, financial, legal and emotional answers—and resources—they need to take the panic, guilt and frustration out of elder care The program also helps them develop a plan to get care they can afford, without bankrupting anyone financially or emotionally.

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Legacy Publishing Company is America’s premier producer of personal development programs for families. For more information or to schedule an interview with Paula Banks, please contact Nathan O’Leary at 207-856-5600 x 3013 or nso(at)legacypublishingcompany(dot)com

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