"Happiness Is Growing Old at Home is an invaluable resource for everyone whose parents are beginning to decline." — Christiane Northrup, MD, Ob/Gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

Unlike previous generations, current-day Americans who reach the age of 65 have a 25 percent chance of living to age 90. By 2030, 20 percent of our total population will be 65 years old or older. Today, people are living longer but not necessarily better. Older seniors tend to experience a multitude of health problems and some may require assistance with activities of daily living.

Studies show that most elders and baby boomers want to age at home and have no desire to reside in a nursing home. Add to this the fact that the rapid graying of America is outpacing the training of geriatric health care providers (who are already in short supply), and one quickly ascertains that we need to find a new way to care for our aging seniors.

The questions on the table are
 
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My book, Happiness Is Growing Old at Home, offers creative, cost-effective ideas on how to help an elderly parent age at home with dignity. It introduces the reader to an exciting world of new, easy-to-use, high-tech devices and suggests how they can work in tandem with more traditional care. It covers innovative community-based care including the Beacon Hill Village Model, new government-sponsored programs, elder cottages and creative living arrangements such as living in small “group” homes, and Green Houses for the frail elderly. A vast array of topics such as simple ways to improve home safety, signs and symptoms that may indicate that assistance is needed, the importance of good nutrition and exercise, exercises to prevent falls, ways to manage medications and enhance compliance, and many more are addressed. The book also includes questionnaires to use in assessing and selecting quality in-home care, rehab, and hospice services. An extensive annotated list of Web sites provides a wealth of information on a wide range of subjects.

"Sooner or later, you or someone you love will need the information in Happiness Is Growing Old At Home. Maria Tadd has crafted a marvelous guide in helping our elders maintain their function and independence. This highly practical book is one of the best in this field." — Larry Dossey, MD