My Parent’s Keeper

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My Parent’s Keeper

The Guilt, Grief, Guesswork, and Unexpected Gifts of Caregiving


My Parent’s Keeper: The Guilt, Grief, Guesswork, and Unexpected Gifts of Caregiving, by senior care expert Jody Gastfriend, provides fresh, provocative and ultimately optimistic insights into the experience of caring for an aging parent or family member. Using the latest research and drawing on case histories and poignant interviews, the book is a resource as well as an inspiration for family caregivers. The book combines powerful and relatable stories illustrating a broad range of caregiving challenges. For many, the transformational life passage of caring for an aging parent, along with the pain, can bring simple pleasures and a deeper appreciation of one’s own aging.

With a foreword by Representative Patrick J. Kennedy, this essential guide to caring for aging and ailing family members provides actionable advice, illuminating vignettes, and a compassionate approach to helping family caregivers find gratification in their new role. Beyond the “how to do it,” the book offers “how to grow through it.”