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The Caregiver's Encyclopedia

A Compassionate Guide to Caring for Older Adults

Caregivers hold the key to the health, well-being, and happiness of their aging relatives, partners, or friends. The Caregiver's Encyclopedia provides you with all of the information you need to take the best care of your loved one—from making major medical decisions to making sure you don't burn out.

Written by Muriel R. Gillick, MD, a geriatrician with more than 30 years' experience caring for older people, this book highlights the importance of understanding your friend's or family member's overall health. With compassion and expertise, this book will help you "think like a doctor." The content

• helps you navigate the health-care system
• shares important information about treating basic geriatric syndromes, including delirium, dementia, and falls
• teaches you about preventive care options
• enables you to manage medical decisions related to both acute and chronic conditions
• discusses what Medicare covers—and what it doesn't
• guides you through different approaches to care
• weighs the risks and benefits of hospital vs. home, nursing home, or hospice care
• provides a detailed list of medical supplies that you might want to keep on hand
• offers you additional resources and emotional support

Throughout, Gillick provides helpful information and concrete concepts that caregivers can put into practice today. Authoritative, comprehensive, holistic, and highly illustrated, The Caregiver's Encyclopedia will help you figure out how to be the best caregiver you can be.

About the Author

Muriel R. Gillick, MD, a physician specializing in geriatrics and palliative care, is a professor in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is the author of The Denial of Aging: Perpetual Youth, Eternal Life, and Other Dangerous Fantasies and Old and Sick in America: The Journey through the Health Care System.

Endorsementss

"A knowledgeable, useful guide that will help caregivers navigate the complicated territory of medical care for their family member. An experienced physician who is well-versed in policy issues, Dr. Gillick has been a champion of family caregiving involvement."

- Carol Levine, Families and Health Care Project, United Hospital Fund, editor of Living in the Land of Limbo: Fiction and Poetry about Family Caregiving

"While caring for my beloved mother during her last three years, I learned that teaching Geriatrics is a lot easier than being a caregiver. I wish I had had this book to help. Dr. Gillick has provided caregivers with a comprehensive resource that will be both understandable and useful."

- Joseph G. Ouslander, MD, Florida Atlantic University, coauthor of Essentials of Clinical Geriatrics

"Dr. Gillick offers a great resource for millions of dedicated caregivers. She displays a rare ability to translate medical lingo into useful advice for those who care for aging family members. This book offers both a big picture and specific tools to help people be the best caregivers they can be."

- Eric De Jonge, MD, President, American Academy of Home Care Medicine

"This book will be a godsend for the millions of people who are now caregivers and the many millions more who are entering this role in the years ahead. Covering a wide scope, it is indeed encyclopedic, but it is easy to find what you need and reads like an open conversation with a good friend who happens to know the questions you should ask and how to find the answers."

- Christine K. Cassel, MD, University of California San Francisco, author of The Practical Guide to Aging: What Everyone Needs to Know

"Muriel Gillick has long been a brilliant thought leader in the field of geriatrics. In reassuring, user-friendly prose, she has taken a brilliant approach to the challenge of looking after a beloved elder and arranging for their medical care in the final decade or two of life. This is the book that family caregivers have been waiting for."

- Katy Butler, former family caregiver and bestselling author of The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life
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