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Book reports strategies for end-of-life care
Waiting for Rick: A Caregiver's Dilemma, by Rick Duffy, uses the author's personal experience to reveal strategies and resources for better end-of-life caregiving.
Three days after Duffy lost his mother, Alberta, to a grueling battle with cancer, he sat down at his computer and began to compose her story. The result is a book intended to serve as a tribute to her life and a how-to manual for families experiencing the challenges of saying goodbye to an elderly loved one in failing health.
With some 70 million baby boomers reaching an elderly age, an increasing number of families are charged with the care of their parents, Duffy said. "I want readers to reflect on the quality of life of their aging loved ones and to show appreciation for those dedicated and compassionate professionals working every day in the health care system," he said.
Waiting for Rick is organized into two sections, beginning with a detailed account of Duffy's experiences with his mother's dementia, cancer, and eventual death. The second section offers commentary on the phases of Alberta Duffy's decline, and it provides reference information regarding health care options and final planning. Selected portions also feature artwork by Duffy's daughter, Heather, that symbolize fading and receding memories.
Waiting for Rick: A Caregiver's Dilemma is available for sale online at Amazon.com, BookSurge.com, and through additional retail channels. For more information, go to www.waitingforrick.com.