This Mother's Day: "Oh My God! We're Parenting Our Parents - How to Transform this Remarkable Challenge Into a Journey of Love"

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A New Book Released by Jane Wolf Waterman, M.S.W., J.D. "Oh My God! We're Parenting Our Parents" tells a very personal and compelling tale of the author's ten years parenting her own mother and father while also giving insightful advice to the millions sharing this journey... but feeling alone.

Parenting Our Parents - Caring for an Elderly Parent

Oh My God! We're Parenting Our Parents: How to Transform This Remarkable Challenge Into a Journey of Love.

By Jane Wolf Waterman, M.S.W., J.D.

Eventually, everyone will need this book... - Dr. Paul Hokemeyer, The Dr. Oz Show

Mother's Day 2013 is approaching, and thanks to medical and technological advances, today's mothers are living healthier, and happier, and longer than ever before. Society is presented with a new and daunting paradox: although our parents may now live into their 80s, 90s or longer, science has not yet found a way to provide them with healthy minds and bodies into these latter years.

Near the end of their lives, many seniors will experience significant physical or mental deterioration. They are likely to become increasingly dependent and incapable of living as they once did. At this point, their families have important decisions to make regarding their care.

This is a rapidly growing issue in the United States. According to reputable sources:

  •     Nearly 25% of adult children are providing personal care or financial assistance to an elderly parent. The proportion of adult children providing this care has more than tripled since 1994. (MetLife Study)
  •     In 2012, over 43 million Americans provided care to one or more family members over the age of 50, and 14.9 million cared for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. (
  •     The number of Americans 65 and older is expected to double to 80 million during the next 30 years. The fastest-growing age group is people 85 and older, with more than 6.6 million people expected to be in that bracket by 2020. (U.S. Census Bureau)
  •     90 percent of senior parents said they want to remain in their homes instead of going into an assisted living facility. (AARP)

Jane Wolf Waterman's new book, "OH MY GOD! WE'RE PARENTING OUR PARENTS: How to Transform this Remarkable Challenge Into A Journey of Love" is designed to help people resolve the numerous knotty issues anyone with aging parents will need to face, ones often ignored for far too long.

Sharing the wisdom and experiences garnered from her decades as a geriatric therapist, family coach, and practicing attorney, the book also tells a compelling story of the author's ten years parenting her own mother and father. People who have begun caring for their elderly parents -- which the author calls "Parenting Our Parents" (aka: "POP") -- know they are in desperate need of help.

"If we contrast Parenting Our Parents with parenting our children, "POP" has almost no guidelines, is far more complex and may last many years longer," Jane stated recently. "In spite of feeling overwhelmed with responsibility, isolated and alone, those doing "POP" are anything but alone. It's been said that raising a child takes a village; I say that doing "POP" takes a community. Millions are POParenting today and many more are joining in this POP community every single day."

Enter this book, which ironically enough, is one of a kind, as there is very little in current media that presents this point of view or this information. It was written to assist fellow POParents understand and navigate the "POP Cycle," the newly-recognized stage of life when parents and adult children "reverse their roles."

Ms. Waterman has simultaneously founded a new interactive global community, the POP community. Located at, it brings together the crazy quilt elements needed by POParents -- support from a community-based blog, information about the "POP" stages, updated resources, help making critical "POP" decisions, and advice from Jane.

Ms. Waterman earned her J.D. at Boston University School of Law, her M.S.W. from UCLA's School of Social Welfare and her "POParenting Certification" during the ten years she parented Jack and Lillian Wolf.

Here in time for Mother's Day, usable every day of the year, the book is available at booksellers and libraries across the country as well as online. For a limited time those joining the POP Community also will receive a free audio excerpt read by the author.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Jane Wolf Waterman, M.S.W., J.D. please email: press(at)parentingourparents(dot)org.

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