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Our Parents, Ourselves

How American Health Care Imperils Middle Age and Beyond

Our Parents, Ourselves by Judith Steinberg Turiel
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The prospect of caring for elderly relatives who may be too old, fragile, or forgetful to manage on their own looms large for millions of women and men who are unprepared for the difficulties such an experience can bring. Written by a daughter of aging parents, this book takes an honest, unflinching look at aging in America, weaving together personal stories with current medical information to trace exactly how social and health care policies are affecting daily lives. Judith Steinberg Turiel addresses such topics as healthy aging and independent living; mental impairment brought on by Alzheimer's, other dementias, and depression; women as caregivers; health care rationing; the power of prescription drug makers; end-of-life care; and prospects for Medicare. Her book clearly demonstrates the pressing need for quality health care for people of all ages—through universal, publicly funded health insurance.
University of California Press; November 2005
319 pages; ISBN 9780520938915
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Title: Our Parents, Ourselves
Author: Judith Steinberg Turiel