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Elder Rage, or Take My Father... Please!:…

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

by Jacqueline Marcell

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This book was recommended to me right after my Mother was diagnosed with dementia, and little did I know how helpful it would be. Everything about this book was great. The writing was engaging, really driving the story telling, all without losing the potency of any of the facts. I'm so glad to have had read this BEFORE things got bad. Highly recommend! ( )
  Mykael_Ray | Nov 1, 2016 |
I'd say it was "humorous", if I wasn't dealing with a similar (yet not as advanced) situation..... Her father's psychotic dementia induced rages were not funny.... They were frightening.

From her webpage:
"Are You At Your Wit's End
With Elder Care
And coping with an elderly loved one who:

• Makes unreasonable demands, wanting all of your time?
• Is experiencing memory loss or dementia / Alzheimer’s?
• Is obsessed with ill health, but refuses to see the doctor?
• Has become depressed, manipulative, distrustful or hostile?
• Refuses any mention of caregiving or elder care help?

Then you'll love this riveting true story, written with compassion, heart and humor—and realize that you're not alone with your countless frustrations and conflicting emotions. This incredible roller coaster ride is a can't-put-it-down page-turner, as well as a how-to guide for struggling caregivers. Triumph with this devoted daughter as she mends her frail mother and finally turns her rebellious "Jekyll & Hyde" father around, with the right doctors and medications, adult day care, and creative behavior modification—at 85 years old!
Eldercare Expert, Jacqueline Marcell,
Answers Your Caregiving Questions!

You Will Learn

• How to get an accurate diagnosis for dementia/Alzheimer’s.
• Behavioral techniques for managing challenging elders.
• Creative ways to get an obstinate elder to give up driving.
• Where to find resources to make caregiving less stressful.
• How to successfully navigate the maze of elder care.

A Book-of-the-Month Club selection, Elder Rage is a unique combination non-fiction novel and self-help book. Includes a wealth of practical information, valuable resources, Alzheimer’s disease information, startling statistics, long term care insurance, caregiving tips, eldercare services, long term care trends, recommended reading, and how to hire live-in caregiving help. Suitable for anyone facing the challenges of caregiving and for everyone who thinks it will never happen to them!

"Jacqueline's story and style of writing will surely grab a large readership. Studded with flashes of humor, it demonstrates the enormous resourcefulness and resilience of the human spirit."

—Hugh Downs"

All I can say, is I learned several things about Elder Rage, and the loss of control that helps bring it on.... I highly recommend it for anyone dealing with elderly parents who have spontaneous outbursts of uncontrollable anger....

I left my copy for my parents to read. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
An important book for caregivers. ( )
  DianaSaco | Jul 8, 2015 |
Great story. Really motivates you to plan ahead and buy long-term care insurance. That and fight the system! ( )
  heike6 | May 2, 2013 |
I read Elder Rage in quick time and could not put it down! Didn't want a how to "guide"...I wanted a real life true story with all the blood and guts, because my siblings and I are facing some very challenging moments very soon here. Jacqueline Marcell certainly "stepped up" and delivered and we thank her with all our hearts for sharing a very personal experience with the rest of us. She paves the road and lights the way, so none of us have to flounder around and hunt and peck for what to do and when to do it. I wish I had read Elder Rage years ago and would have prepared myself for this day...what can I say? Most of us (if we are human) put off things we do not believe will effect us...we are too busy these days to go looking for problems. I could have saved our family some very damaging financial situations...had I just read this book sooner. I could have saved my mother and I from the screaming, crying, door slamming (and then turn around and do it all again 10 times) fight we had a week ago...if I had only read Elder Rage before that happened! Feel so much more "competent" and "compassionate" and strong today...what a difference a few days make. Well, I won't make the same mistakes over and over, not now...Thank you so much for a book that must have been painful to write, thank you for laying yourself out there for all to see and learn. Thank you, thank you! ( )
  karenriner | Nov 29, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0967970318, Paperback)

"Elder Rage" is a Book-on-the-Month Club selection, a first for a caregiving book. 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.

Includes answers to difficult 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 includes 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.
(Read endorsements and reviews here: ElderRage.com/Review.asp)

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The author chronicles her experiences caring for her frail mother and difficult father and offers advice for caregivers on how to handle elderly parents who refuse to cooperate or demonstrate aggressive behavior.

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