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A very topical subject as our population ages and increasingly the pressure falls in a contracting state, on the middle aged children of older people to bear the brunt of what is happening. This hits them emotionally, financially, often healthwise and just when the facts of their own ageing are beginning to emerge. Many people in society are under pressure in this way and a large number give up their jobs, just in the last big pre retirement phase when their earning capacity is at its height and are not clear they can get back in again ever. The state spending is contracting and more and more of the burden is left to the children. The stress of dealing with an elderly parent can be imense and lonely and very time consuming and often a thankless task and with none of the glamour and camaraderie that society awards the caring for children. The state provision is complex and very difficult to obtain. Some would say deliberately obscure.Hence this ground breaking book which brings a journalist's eye view to the problem and examines the law, the rules and the practicalities to enable to reader to have an easier journey through this stressful event in people's lives as well as informing the professionals about how to care for the family - with a much wider and hopefully more complete and succesful outcome for everyone. Namely a safer and more pleasant experience from which people can take time of real value rather than worrying about the stresses of how to obtain the absolute basics of daily care. This book discusses what happens when our elderly relatives can no longer cope but want to be independent as long as possible. As well as being a son's eye view of the journey of care and his interaction with the social services and the squeezed state provision, it is also a journalist's incisive analysis of how readers can follow a better pathway themselves and and additionally is advise for professionals in dealing with care and end of life care.
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About the Author Peter Lang was responsible for overseeing the care for his elderly parents for five years. He works as an events organiser and as an environmental consultant advising companies and organisations on their environmental performance and is the founder and chair of an environmental charity. His previous career was as a journalist, and he is the author of two books on the local economy and ethical investment. He has worked for the Green Group in the European Parliament and the London Assembly and is a former adviser to the deputy mayor of London. He also spent three years on the board of a major pension fund and was a member of their investment committee. He wrote Continuing Health Care - a Guide for Patients, Families and Professionals after seeing the NHS refuse to provide health care to patients leaving families - usually at a very stressful time - to arrange long term care themselves with very little guidance to help them through the process.Peter Lang is the chair of the G&A trustees and the site manager of Green and Aaway a Charity, overseeing their equipment. He was one of its founders, and has been involved with the organisation since 1990.He works as a freelance environmental consultant, advising and researching on environmental issues for a wide range of organisations. He is currently the Environment Custodian for Riversimple Ltd, a highly innovative company building a hydrogen car; and is Events Manager for Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine.In the past he has worked for the European Parliament, the Green Group in the London Assembly, as adviser to the Deputy Mayor of London, and as a trustee of a major public pension fund.He is the author of two books on the local economy and ethical investment. He is a former freelance reporter for specialist magazines including Care Weekly, the Health Service Journal and the Nursing Times.
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