ERIC Number: ED201949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
The Children of Aged Parents: A Self Help Network.
Pierskalla, Carol S.
This paper describes a program providing support, education, and skill-building within a self-help format for the children of aged parents. The selection of the 18 initial program members, each with relatives living either in their homes, in a nearby location, or in nursing homes is reviewed. The 90-minute group sessions which met weekly for 8 weeks are outlined; techniques used in these sessions are described, including lectures, role playing, creative problem solving, panel discussions and guest speakers. The summer follow-up sessions are detailed, with an emphasis on the third session as a full day of training participants to become lay leaders for future groups. Comments on the seminar design are presented with examples of group members' responses to the program. Objectives of the program are outlined and the achievement of program goals is discussed. The adjustment process experienced by a family when a parent shows signs of mental or physical deterioration or after placing a relative in a long-term care facility is presented as a transition through the stages of loss, denial, acknowledgement, action, and acceptance, a process which provides a theoretical rationale for the effectiveness of the group networking method. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (33rd, San Diego, CA, November 21-25, 1980).