New Book Provides Blueprint for Managing Career and Aging Parents

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Working Daughter: A Guide To Caring For Your Aging Parents While Making A Living by Liz O'Donnell now available.

I wrote this book first, so that no caregiver feels alone and second, to spark the conversation we desperately need to have about caregiving and the workplace.

According to a new survey from senior care company Home Instead, 59 percent of workers who care for aging parents feel they must choose between being a good employee and a good daughter or son. A new book, Working Daughter: A Guide to Caring For Your Aging Parents While Making A Living, aims to change that.

There are more than 40 million family caregivers in the United States and the majority are women. Because these caregivers are often unable to balance their careers and their family responsibilities, they lose an average $324,044 in compensation and American businesses lose as much as $34 billion each year due to absenteeism and turnover.

Part memoir and part how-to, Working Daughter gives women, and men, a roadmap for managing eldercare along with raising their children, maintaining their relationships, and pursuing their careers. It follows author Liz O’Donnell who was enjoying a fast-paced career in marketing and raising two children when both of her parents were diagnosed with terminal illnesses on the same day.

“If you are a working parent, there are plenty of resources available to help you. But if you are a working daughter or son, you’re too often on your own trying to figure out how to navigate between your career, the needs of your aging parents, plus raising your own family. That has to change,” says O’Donnell. “I wrote this book first, so that no caregiver feels alone and second, to spark the conversation we desperately need to have about caregiving and the workplace.”

In a starred review of the book, Library Journal wrote: “This book provides much-needed support for the growing population of women caregivers. Highly recommended for both public and personal collections.” Working Daughter is available on Amazon.

About the Author:
Liz O’Donnell is the founder of Working Daughter, a community for women balancing eldercare, career, and more. A former family caregiver, long-time marketing executive, and working mother, she is a recognized expert on working while caregiving. Liz also wrote Mogul, Mom & Maid: The Balancing Act of the Modern Woman (Bibliomotion, October 2013). She lives in Boston.

Book details:
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 8, 2019)
Available on Amazon Pages 192 Price $30 hardcover $28.50 Kindle
ISBN-10 1538124653 ISBN-13 978-1538124659

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