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Parenting Our Parents
Family Care Advocate Jane Wolf Waterman coaches people to find joy and fulfillment in helping seniors age with grace
Almost a quarter of all Americans today find themselves “sandwiched” between caring for children and coping with elderly parents, a recent Pew Research Center survey finds. From her experience caring for her aging parents and a lifetime of service to others, family care coach and advocate Jane Wolf Waterman founded Parenting Our Parents™ to help seniors and those who love them.
Jane is a licensed psychotherapist, former law professor, author and expert in how families can provide the best care for their aging loved ones. Parenting Our Parents™ (parentingourparents.org) is a unique coaching program now helping families across the country to navigate the practical, emotional, financial, legal and other challenges that are so confusing and complex for families with senior loved ones.
Jane trains Certified POP Family Coaches who work with families and professionals across the country caring for senior loved ones. POP Family Coaching is close and personal and can be conducted through many communication options – in person, by phone, via Skype or other methods – to provide attractive alternatives for those interacting with POP Coaches.
POP also provides a free online community that connects caregivers with the resources they need to help aging parents and other seniors age gracefully and with dignity. POP is designed to support adults so they can more effectively meet the emotional, health, relationship, financial and other challenges of caring for aging parents and other loved ones.
“Parenting Our Parents is the personal tale of millions of men and women in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond who thought they’d finished parenting but have been drawn back in, this time to care for their own elderly parents and other family members,” Jane says.
This mirrors Jane’s story she tells in her book, “OH MY GOD! WE’RE PARENTING OUR PARENTS: How to Transform this Remarkable Challenge into a Journey of Love.”
One Christmas while she was traveling cross-country for a family visit, this only daughter discovered that her parents had been concealing the depth of their neediness from her. The couple, both in their mid 80s, were in seriously ill health and their home was a shambles. Jane realized she’d come upon a life-defining moment. Choosing to reverse her former place as the child in the family, she seized the opportunity to give back to the parents who’d given her life, an education and so much more. Little did she know that her new role would last 10 years, provide her the biggest challenge of her life and turn into her life’s mission.
Jane devoted her life to helping her parents live out their lives with grace and love. Later she turned to helping other families across the nation, offering them the positive point of view that the POP years can be some of the best of our lives.
In her book and coaching, Jane shares the knowledge that Americans need as life expectancies grow and more and more of us find ourselves caring for elderly parents and other loved ones. Some topics she illuminates include:
* How to begin “The Conversation” with loved ones about declining health and what they need in their final years
* Warning signs that aging parents may need more help and what to do next
* Early signs of Alzheimer’s
* Healing old wounds, forging new bonds and creating memories: POP as one of the greatest gifts to your family and your own peace of mind
* Simple and effective ways to connect with elderly parents, including those suffering from Alzheimer’s
* How to prevent stress and improve your life when POParenting
* How siblings can “become a village” and help each other when caring for aging parents
* Helping elderly loved ones learn to protect themselves from swindlers
In creating POP, Jane relied on four decades of experience and education as a problem-solver from her varied, empowering careers. She has worked with the Peace Corps and VISTA Volunteer programs and as an attorney and law professor specializing in anti-poverty law. She has won awards for her time volunteering at AIDS Project Los Angeles, run caregiver support groups and worked to change unfair tax laws. Bringing the experience of teaching and practicing law to her work as a mental health professional and family coach, Jane now practices psychotherapy in her offices in southern California, counseling individuals and families to successfully resolve their biggest challenges.
Jane trains certified POP Family Coaches who work across the nation teaming family with geriatric professionals to help create workable plans to care for elders and prevent unnecessary expense and anguish. Her goal is to help adult children everywhere discover how they can transform a potentially stressful time of life into one of joy, fulfillment and renewed family bonds.
Download Jane Wolf Waterman’s One Pager and POP Challenge Facts
For more information , visit www.ParentingOurParents.org