Elder Rage, or Take My Father… Please!: How to Survive Caring for Aging Parents Reviews

Elder Rage, or Take My Father... Please!: How to Survive Caring for Aging Parents

"Elder Rage" is a Book-on-the-Month Club selection (a caregiving book first), receiving 400+ 5-Star Amazon reviews. It is a riveting, often LOL humorous, non-fiction novel chronicling Jacqueline Marcell's trials, tribulations, and eventual success at managing the care of her aging parents. "Elder Rage" is also an extensive self-help book with creative solutions for effective management medically, behaviorally, socially, legally, financially, and emotionally of challenging elders who resist care.

"Elder Rage" includes answers to difficult caregiving questions such as how to get obstinate elders to: accept cleaning and caregiving help, see a different doctor, give up driving, attend adult day care, eat, take medication, sleep and bathe properly, move to a new residence, and much more. Also an extensive Q&A section, valuable resources and recommended reading. The extensive addendum by renowned neurologist/dementia specialist, Rodman Shankle, MS MD: A Physician's Guide to Treating Dementia, helped make "Elder Rage" required reading at numerous universities for courses in geriatric assessment and management. It is also considered for a film.

"Elder Rage" is endorsed by: Hugh Downs, Regis Philbin, Steve Allen, Ed Asner, Jacqueline Bisset, Dr. Harold Bloomfield, John Bradshaw, Pam Dawber, Fred de Cordova, Phyllis Diller, Duke University Center for Aging, Jerry Dunphy, Ken Dychtwald, Dr. Dean Edell, Betty Friedan, Leeza Gibbons, Dr. John Gray, Mark Victor Hansen, Julie Harris, Senator Tom Hayden, Institute for Successful Aging, Johns Hopkins Memory Clinic, Dr. Irene Kassorla, Janet Leigh, Art Linkletter, Ed McMahon, Hayley Mills, Jane Powell, Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, Dr. Bernie Siegel, Dr. Nancy Snyderman/ABC News, Robert Stack, Dr. Eric Tangalos/Mayo Clinic, Dr. Rudy Tanzi/Harward Medical School, and the National Adult Day Services Association, who honored Marcell with their Media Award.

(Endorsements and reviews: ElderRage.com/Review.asp)

List Price: $ 24.95 Price: $ 6.87

Caring for Your Parents : The Complete AARP Guide by AARP Editors Hard Cover
$2.56 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Apr-23-2014 14:33:21 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $3.33
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

3 thoughts on “Elder Rage, or Take My Father… Please!: How to Survive Caring for Aging Parents Reviews

  1. 98 of 100 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    HELPFUL, INSIGHTFUL AND INSPIRING!, April 3, 2001
    By 
    Sandra D. Peters “Seagull Books” (Prince Edward Island, Canada) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    Today, we live in such a fast-paced society, forever balancing our own homelife and that of our children, with work schedules, school events, household chores and multiple obligations. All of a sudden, we find our own parent(s)who were once so strong and reliant, have seemingly become the child and the roles have reversed. It is a natural instint of children to want to please their parent(s), so out of parental love, and with a heartfelt sense of gratitude, responsibility and obligation, we take on the additional role of caregiver, mentor, teacher, advisor, and confident to our aging parent(s).

    Jacqueline Marcell has a way of making you feel sane again, and at the same time, her wit and writing style will capture your heart and help you to understand you are not alone. Each of us must deal with the situation in our own way, depending on our financial situation, available resources, position in the life’s cycle and the allowable time we have to take on the extra responsibility. However, the first-hand experiences of someone who has “been there and done that” can help tremendously.

    Over the course of ten years, I watched my father regress, through cancer and age, from a strong, independent, brilliant, business professional to a babbling, hallucinating, demanding, dictator. There comes a time, when constant, professional, around-the-clock care is required, that it may necessary to place the parent in institutionalized care. That decision, in itself, ususally leaves the family with mixed feelings of love and guilt, frustration and betrayal, and a host of other unanticipated, gut-wrenching emotions.

    This book helps put the “rage” and other mixed emotions in a much clearer perspective, and leaves you with the understanding it is a natural reaction to feel all those things, it’s how you deal with those feelings that is important. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is caring for, or anticipating the care of, an aging parent(s). It probably will not change the inevitable chain of events, but it may bring a sense of balance to your life.

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

  2. 79 of 80 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Humor Is the Best Medicine, January 30, 2003
    By 

    This review is from: Elder Rage, or Take My Father… Please!: How to Survive Caring for Aging Parents (Paperback)

    Jacqueline Marcell is the perfect person to help those who must care for aging parents. She has been there, done that. She is an ideal guide through what is often a limbo of survival by hook or crook because she has a sense of humor.

    Marcell teaches by example. With a light heart she tells of her own experiences with an aging father and with a system that can be far more exasperating than dealing with her difficult father. The light heart did not come easily. Because of the hard-earned know-how Marcell shares in “Elder Rage,” the process will be much easier for you.

    This book has been endorsed by many self-help gurus including John Bradshaw and Bernie Siegel. It has a succinct and well-written addendum on treating dementia by Rodman Shankle, MS, MD. He is the former medical direct of the University of California at Irvine’s Alzheimer’s Center.

    Occasionally Marcell lapses into lingo that may be too hip for some; because of that, it might not be understood by some of those in-between generations who aren’t suffering from Alzheimer’s (yet!), but mostly the humor comes through loud and clear and does exactly what it should do.

    Pain and love are often inextricably intertwined; following Marcell’s story is like reading any good memoir. Because it’s told from the heart, we identify and learn and then learn some more.
    ————-

    (Carolyn Howard-Johnson [author of] “Harkening”

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

  3. 55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Elder Rage = Exceptional Patience, June 13, 2001
    By 
    treadmeister “jcj” (CA, USA) –

    This review is from: Elder Rage, or Take My Father… Please!: How to Survive Caring for Aging Parents (Paperback)

    I read Jacqueline’s book with great interest. The book reads very comfortably. Aging parents are not the easiest to care for. It’s an emotional rollercoaster as you’ll read in her book. I was horrified and touched by all that the author went through, but she kept pulling through with perseverance, love, and tons of patience. This book has been extremely helpful.

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

Leave a Reply