My mother, your mother: embracing "slow medicine" - the compassionate approach to caring for your aging love ones

Book Cover
Average Rating
Pub. Date:

What's the right thing to do for mom and dad as they get older?

Thanks to advances in science and medicine, more of our parents are living longer than ever before. And though we are rewarded with more time with the people we love, we are also faced with new sets of complications—more diseases, more disability, more need for support and careful judgments. Yet while our health care system may help people live to an older age, it doesn't perform so well when decline eventually sets in. We want to do the best thing but are overwhelmed with the staggering choices we face.

Geriatrician Dennis McCullough has spent his life helping families to cope with their parents' aging and eventual final passage, experiences he faced with his own mother. In this comforting and much-needed book, he recommends a new approach, which he terms "Slow Medicine."

Shaped by common sense and kindness, grounded in traditional medicine yet receptive to alternative therapies, Slow Medicine advocates for careful anticipatory "attending" to an elder's changing needs rather than waiting for crises that force acute medical interventions—an approach that improves the quality of elders' extended late lives without bankrupting their families financially or emotionally. As Dr. McCullough argues, we need to learn that time and kindness are sometimes more important and humane at these late stages than state-of-the-art medical interventions.

My Mother, Your Mother will help you learn how to:

—form an early and strong partnership with your parents and siblings;—strategize on connecting with doctors and other care providers;—navigate medical crises;—create a committed Advocacy Team;—reach out with greater empathy and awareness; and—face the end-of-life time with confidence and skill.

Although taking care of those who have always cared for us is not an easily navigated time of life, My Mother, Your Mother will help you and your family to prepare for this complex journey. This is not a plan for getting ready to die; it is a plan for understanding, for caring, and for helping those you love live well during their final years. And the time to start is now.

More Details
Also in This Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID e29a6c74-5e83-863a-77a4-547bc1f5a1c9
Grouping Title my mother your mother embracing slow medicine the compassionate approach to caring for your aging lo
Grouping Author mccullough dennis m
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-10-03 04:49:02AM
Last Indexed 2019-03-19 04:52:46AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author McCullough, Dennis M.
author_display McCullough, Dennis M
available_at_arlington Central
collection_arlington Adult Nonfiction
detailed_location_arlington Central Adult Nonfiction
format_arlington Book
format_category_arlington Books
id e29a6c74-5e83-863a-77a4-547bc1f5a1c9
isbn 9780061243028
item_details ils:.b12972708|.i13283571|Central Adult Nonfiction|362.6 MCCUL|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Aug 09, 2018|can||
itype_arlington Hardback
last_indexed 2019-03-19T08:52:46.015Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington 362.6 MCCUL
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover
owning_location_arlington Central
primary_isbn 9780061243028
publishDate 2008
record_details ils:.b12972708|Book|Books||English|Harper,|[2008]|xxiii, 263 pages ; 24.
recordtype grouped_work
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b12972708 .i13283571 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true 9999
subject_facet Aging parents -- Care -- United States, Caregivers -- United States
title_display My mother, your mother : embracing "slow medicine" - the compassionate approach to caring for your aging love ones
title_full My mother, your mother : embracing "slow medicine" - the compassionate approach to caring for your aging love ones / Dennis M. McCullough
title_short My mother, your mother :
title_sub embracing "slow medicine" - the compassionate approach to caring for your aging love ones