Elderly Parents Most at Risk in a Disaster- Have a Midlife Family Team Meeting About How to Prepare

 

Maybe a reason for midlife siblings to reengage is to make sure your aging parents are safe.

After Katrina, now Japan – we all need to be prepared. The elderly suffered the greatest loss  in both disasters because they cannot get out rapidly.

In the 3rd edition of my book Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Jones and Bartlett,.  We have an updated dated chapter on geriatric care managers and home health agencies and other aging agencies dealing with disaster. We cover how to prepare clients and families through professionals visits and training and connection to local and federal disaster networks, how to prepare to have all systems /records go down during a disaster with back up and getting a sister agency somewhere else in the country that does not suffer the disaster who can help communicate with clients and families and what t do to evacuate keep safe and deal with clients during the disaster.  There are many checklists etc. The book will be out in 2 weeks.

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About momlovesyoubest

Cathy Cress holds an MSW in Aging from U.C. Berkeley. Her new book Mom Loves You Best, Forgiving and Forging Sibling Relationships , New Horizon Press, was published October 2010. Cress’s book , Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Jones and Bartlett, is the bible of geriatric care management and is out out in a third edition in February 2011 .Her book Care Managers, Working With the Aging Family, Jones and Bartlett,2008 is one of the few major books on the aging family. Ms. Cress is the founder of GCM Consult ,working with small and national who want to add or launch GCM businesses. She is on the faculty at the University of Florida in their on line master’s in geriatric care management -GCM . She has taught geriatric care management at San Francisco State University , UC Berkeley and teaches at Cabrillo College and San Mateo College. She was founder and director of Cresscare, a GCM business, for 25 years.
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