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Eldercare 101: A Practical Guide to Later Life Planning, Care, and Wellbeing
Mary-Jo Saavedra
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / Softcover / Dec 2017
9780810895775 (ISBN-10: 0810895773)
Old Age Studies
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312 pages
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Eldercare 101: A Practical Guide to Later Life Planning, Care, and Wellbeing is the key to making order and peace from chaos and crisis for our elders and their caregivers. Whether used for proactive planning or fast answers, this comprehensive resource offers the steppingstones needed to help a loved one live well through the later years.


Gerontologist and 'aging life-care manager'Saavedra, with the help of other experts on the elderly, delivers on the promise in her subtitle. She divides her guide to caring for parents and other family members into six useful sections: 'Legal Ease,' 'Money Matters,' 'Living Environment Options,' 'Social Considerations,' 'Navigating the Medical Maze,' and 'Spirituality and the End of Life.' Making ample use of boldface type and shaded boxes, she defines such terms as power of attorney (a legal document that gives someone the authority to sign documents and conduct transactions on another person’s behalf) and intestacy (dying without a will) in each chapter and also in a glossary at the end.... [T]his just-the-facts service guide gathers a large amount of good information in one place and fills a serious need: the over-65 population will number 54 million by 2020 and 80 million by 2030. Saavedra’s book will get a lot of use.
— Booklist

What sets Eldercare 101 apart from other guides to family decision making in later life is the unique approach taken by Saavedra and her co-authors. Older adults and those who care about and for them are viewed holistically and reverentially. The complex issues they face together are considered in ways that are both practical and inspirational. I anticipate that this guide will become a valuable and indispensable resource for many.
— Jennifer Sasser, Phd, Educational Gerontologist, author, and convener of the Gero-Punk Project

About the Author:

Mary Jo Saavedra, MAIS, CMC, CAPS, CSA is a practicing gerontologist and aging life care manager in Portland, Oregon. With a passion for empowering individuals of all ages to live their best lives, Mary Jo is dedicated to the holistic wellbeing of her clients. Using her 6 Pillars of Aging Wellbeing™ process, she helps elders choose how they will live with the challenges of aging; at the heart of every care or life plan she designs is respect for the needs and wants of the elder. An out-of-the-box thinker, Mary Jo is credited with defining the conceptual model for an innovative real estate-focused rating system for classifying age-friendly homes. She is also an adjunct professor of gerontology at Marylhurst University, Pacific University, and Portland Community College; and she teaches aging and spirituality at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Milwaukie, Oregon. In addition, Mary Jo has 30 years of professional experience across multiple industries including high tech, nonprofit, and health and wellbeing. Free PDF of "Eldercare 101 Getting Organized Forms"is available for download by clicking on the "Features" tab at

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