Elder Rage, or Take My Father... Please!

  • by Jacqueline Marcell
  • Narrated by Jacqueline Marcell
  • 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Elder Rage is a Book-on-the-Month Club selection (a caregiving book first), receiving 500+ 5-Star Amazon Reviews, is required reading at numerous universities for courses in geriatric assessment and management, and considered for a film. It is a riveting, often LOL true story about Jacqueline Marcell's trials and tribulations managing the care of her challenging elderly father and sweet ailing mother. After fighting through the medical system and depleting her parents' life savings and much of her own, Marcell solved her eldercare nightmare medically, behaviorally, legally, financially, and emotionally-and shows you how you can too.
Elder Rage answers difficult questions such as how to get obstinate elders to: discuss long-term care options, accept cleaning and caregiving help, see different doctors, have medical tests, give up driving, attend adult day care, take medication, sleep, bathe and eat properly, move to a new residence, etc. - and teaches you how to manage stress, siblings, healthcare professionals, guilt, and grief.
Elder Rage has received 50+ prestigious endorsements including: Hugh Downs, Regis Philbin, Ed Asner, Jacqueline Bisset, John Bradshaw, Phyllis Diller, Duke University Center for Aging, Ken Dychtwald, Leeza Gibbons, Dr. John Gray, Mark Victor Hansen, Julie Harris, Institute for Successful Aging, Johns Hopkins Memory Clinic, Dr. Bernie Siegel, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Dr. Rudy Tanzi/Harvard Medical School, and the National Adult Day Services Association who bestowed their Media Award on Jacqueline for bringing attention to the value of adult day care. Read Endorsements and Reviews here: www.ElderRage.com/Review.asp

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Many belly laughs

What made the experience of listening to Elder Rage, or Take My Father... Please! the most enjoyable?

I listened to this book on my commute to work. It was really funny - many times I laughed out loud and had to restrain myself.

Even though I don't have parents with demenia, and in fact they are still quite healthy, I am interested in how we manage our growing "ageing population".

87% of older people say they want to die in their homes. only 16% ever achieve that. How can we as a society support people stay in their homes longer?


Who was your favorite character and why?


Jackie has all the answers - and she has gone through a lot to get them. I hope her wisdom spreads wide and far.


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- Jane

Timely compelling story, be ready for theatrics

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Jacqueline Marcell has something for all of us who have elder caregiving roles. Her father's emotionally abusive behavior, which sounds incredibly bi-polar, really draws you in. She recounts the terrible time she had getting anyone to believe he could be so abusive and then extraordinary normal and charming (I think I yelled "flipcam! flipcam him!" at least a couple of times).
I know I would've enjoyed it more if Jacqueline had revealed her own self-discovery about a lifetime of enabling behavior, but it's hardly touched on. She gives a very theatrical read so take a listen to the sample first and see if you like it. The boomer pop culture references cascade non-stop and, as she says in the beginning, every incident gets it's own classic rock theme or motown theme song.


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- Charlie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-06-2012
  • Publisher: Impressive Press / Jacqueline Marcell