Hi, I'm Susan.
Wife, counselor/educator, author, daughter, far-away-living adult child --with a brother back home. Although my parents died at ages 88 and 94, I continue to be a far-away-living daughter-in-law (her only "daughter") of my husband's inspirational mother (age 99). She still lives independently in her home and is one of the Sr. Advisors to this blog.
My Masters degree, from Teachers College, Columbia University, prepared me for my almost 30-year career as a counselor at one of the nation''s top-ranked public high schools. This led to my first book, Helping Children of Divorce (Schocken Books, mid-80's).
Summer 2008 I completed a manuscript to help adult children facing their parents' aging challenges. A top NY literary agent said she loved the manuscript. However the late 2008 economic climate created a very bad time for publishing. She suggested I write a blog using ideas and insights from the manuscript, as well as timely information. Help! Aging Parents is the result.
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Helping parents age well sounds so basic, but it doesn't happen automatically. While we train for the important parts of our lives (childbirth, driving, SATs, jobs), helping parents age well throughout the life cycle is usually on-the-job training--after a health event necessitates fast-forward learning.
Help! Aging Parents, published Tuesday and Saturday nights, is committed to sharing the best information, professional advice, personal experiences and creative ideas to help parents age as independently and well as possible until the very end.
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Tasty food seems to temper the unpleasant and boost our energy. For example I always tried to have coffee, tea and really good goodies available when groups for parents of high school students who had problems would meet. The group members seemed to come together more quickly–eager to get to the problems we were addressing regardless of the seriousness. So why shouldn’t our parents’ favorite foods help lift them out of the darkening-days-of-autumn doldrums ? Continue reading