'Now Where Did I Put My Glasses? Caring for
elderly parents, a practical and emotional lifeline'
We’re all living longer, and that's
marvellous, but it can bring problems for families, too.
Everyone who has elderly parents seems to be dealing to some extent with the same set of emotions –
guilt, fear, maybe resentment, anger, exasperation with themselves, their
parents, or local authorities. They’re overtired, stressed, anxious, feeling
inadequate but trying their best to come to terms with the changes they see
in the parents they love.
They need practical help and emotional
support and Jackie felt that the best way to do this was to let families and the
elderly themselves tell their own stories about everything from coming to terms
with ageing to choosing a care home, having your parents to live with you, and
dealing with dementia. She interviewed over 300 people,
whose experiences form the backbone of the book, then added exhaustive guides, contacts and links for all the practicalities families
might need. Book extracts
The book has struck a chord with families
across the UK. So much so that Jackie is now giving symposia and presentations
on all the topics covered by the books.
She is often asked onto national and local
radio to speak on related subjects.