Sisters and Brothers, Daughters and Sons

Sisters and Brothers, Daughters and Sons : Meeting the Needs of Old Parents (Enlarged Text Edition)

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The number of middle-aged children today who have elderly parents is unprecedented. Having old parents, however, is rarely portrayed as a privilege. Too often parents are depicted as a problem for their adult children, in large part due to the disproportionate attention paid to the very frail, especially those with Alzheimer's disease. Rather than focusing only on adult children with very needy parents, the study reported in this book asked 149 pairs of siblings who had at least one parent over the age of 75 how they interacted with their elderly parents. The results are not only a more realistic picture of the full spectrum of later life families, but also a much more positive one. Written with minimal jargon, the book is intended not only for use in college classrooms but also for adult children and old parents who want to understand better their older family relationships. This special enlarged text edition is available exclusively at this location, from Unlimited Publishing more

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  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 200.66 x 246.38 x 22.86mm | 566.99g
  • Unlimited Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1588321967
  • 9781588321961
  • 2,499,867

About Sarah H Matthews Ph D

Sarah H. Matthews chairs the Sociology Department at Cleveland State University. She is on the editorial boards of Journal of Aging Studies, Journal of Marriage and Family, and The International Journal of Aging and Human Development. She is the author of two previous books, The Social World of Old Women: Management of Self-Identity and Friendships through the Life Course: Oral Biographies in Old Age, and has published numerous articles about older family ties in gerontology journals and edited more