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Helping Elderly Relatives

Helping Elderly Relatives
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Jill Eckersley

Helping Elderly Relatives

Jill Eckersley

The world population is rapidly ageing. Between 2000 and 2050, the proportion of the world's population over 60 years will double from about 11% to 22%.

By 2051, almost a third of Australia’s population is predicted to be over 65. This means that more of us will be responsible for someone who is elderly and possibly frail. Yet, even in this age of the internet, many of us have no idea what older people are entitled to, and much help and money goes unclaimed. In addition, not everyone ages gracefully. The problems can be compounded by someone who is difficult to help, and refuses to co-operate with family carers or medical and social work professionals.  This book offers practical solutions and emotional support for those looking after older parents or other relatives. Topics include:

  • Mental distress in later life, such as anxiety and depression
  • The rise in problem drinking among older people
  • Mental disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder; personality disorder
  • Dementia
  • Housing and social options
  • If the relationship breaks down
  • Care for the carer – looking after yourself.

Specifications: Paperback | 216 x 138mm | 112 pages


Jill Eckersley is a dedicated health author who has written several books for Sheldon Press.

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