Some years back, as a new parent, I was wandering through the bookstore looking for relevant books on being a new father. I was pointed in the direction of a rather large selection of books all under the category “PARENTING” and there were in fact subcategories, whole shelves devoted to Mothering, Fathering, First-time Parenting, Adoptive Parents, Older Parents, etc. This got me to think as a geriatric clinical practitioner, is there a comparable term for what adult children do for their parents? There are terms like Elder Care or Senior Care but that is generic and not specific to the tasks undertaken by the adult children who provide a majority of the eldercare support in this country. So there you have it, my very own take on what that missing book shelf title should be: “CHILDING.”
As a means of introduction, you know from above, I am a father of two sons. I am married and live in Los Angeles. I have worked exclusively in the field of geriatrics in Southern California for my entire professional career spanning the last 30 years. I have been involved in the field of Geriatric Care Management and have been actively involved in the leadership of both the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, as well as the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. I currently am the Executive Vice President of Care Coordination and Co-Founder of LivHOME, an integrated model of professional Care Management services and homecare with 15 offices in eight states. My passion is about creating equally important, better care experiences for not only the senior, but also involved family members. Over the next few weeks, it will be my pleasure to contribute to this blog community on the issues that face adult children as they care for parents who are aging or who require support and care.