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AARP The Other Talk: A Guide to Talking with Your Adult Children about the Rest of Your Life by Tim Prosch

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Introduction

Among today’s books, whether on actual or virtual shelves, you’ll find many titles that provide tips and techniques on how to care for and cope with an aging and ultimately dying parent.

Typically, these self-help books are designed to assist adult children who have been confronted by unexpected crises that disrupt their parents’ lives: physical, such as a broken hip or a diagnosis of life-threatening illness; financial, such as a sudden spike in medical expenses or unexpected decline in net worth; or psychological, such as the emergence of mental illness or the onslaught of dementia.

The problem is that these books focus on what adult children should do after a parental crisis hits. While this reactive approach is necessary in coping ...

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