ERIC Number: ED316796
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Aging Parents & Dilemmas of Their Children.
Smith, Bert Kruger; And Others
After an opening series of vignettes which describe the frustrations of adults who care for aging and infirm parents, this pamphlet addresses the issue of aging parents and the dilemmas they pose for their children. In particular, it describes a model entitled "As Parents Grow Older" (APGO) that originated as a service for families of the elderly developed in 1974 by Child and Family Service, Inc. of Washtenaw County, Michigan, and was later adopted by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to begin a pilot program sponsored by the Texas Association of Homes for the Aging (TAHA). In APGO groups, adults with aging parents or relatives gain practical knowledge that helps them understand their older relatives' changing needs as well as their own feelings and actions toward these needs. The groups also provide an opportunity for adult children to express openly their shared concerns, to recognize alternative strategies for dealing with those concerns, and to acquire the necessary skills to cope with the problems of their aging families as well as to learn of community resources available to them. The design and content of the APGO model is presented, along with a discussion of participants' problems, and a list of benefits to members of APGO groups. The pamphlet concludes with possibilities for the future. (TE)
Descriptors: Adult Children, Adult Programs, Aging (Individuals), Elder Abuse, Family Problems, Older Adults, Parent Child Relationship, Social Support Groups
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Attn: Publications Division, University of Texas, P.O. Box 7998, Austin, TX 78713-7998.
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.