Published 1 June 2014
Categories: Reference, Aged Care
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The Australian Ageing Generation Handbook
“I want this book to give hope and guidance, and offer some light in the midst of the madness.”
The Australian Ageing Generation Handbook is the only of its kind in Australia and just in time. Recent studies show that dementia will become Australia’s greatest killer in the coming years.
With great improvements in the world of modern medicine, senior Australians are enjoying their quality of life for a much longer time. However this means the ageing population of Australia is also increasing and many children are struggling to cope with the responsibility of care for an older parent as well as their own children while maintaining a healthy work/life balance.
Josie lives this life right now, and has been caring for her mother who has been diagnosed with dementia for several years. As Josie experienced, in the beginning, many children caring for older parents have no idea what to do, where to go for help, how to navigate not only the services on offer, but also the flood of emotions and challenges that face them.
‘The Sandwich Generation’, the term coined years ago and referred to by Josie, is the biggest demographic affected is the biggest demographic affected: the generation looking after elderly parents, and kids, and perhaps even grandkids. However, younger generations looking after elderly parents, or even grandparents, as well as people looking after their spouses, will benefit from this book also.
Collaborating with aged care services and communities around Australia, Josie has fast become the go-to person for young carers on how to navigate aged care. A member of Alzheimer’s Australia, Josie has written The Australian Ageing Generation Handbook to provide Australians with a resourceful list of services for family members caring for their elderly parents, grandparents and/or spouses.