Egan explains that research shows that older adults are the fastest growing demographic group in the U.S. “For example, in my home state of New Mexico, we are moving from having the 39th largest ratio of older adults in 2010, to having the 4th largest concentration of older adults by 2030. That is a huge shift which will have serious repercussions for all aspects of family and community life, social services, health care, and local and state government. And, as we move closer to 2030, we will experience shortages with caregivers, according to a number of experts.”
She further explained that the number of older adults is continuing to grow as a proportion of the total population across the U.S. “Key national organizations like AARP are identifying a ‘caregiver gap’ for future years, where it is expected that there will be fewer volunteer and professional caregivers to respond to the needs of a fast-growing group of older adults,” she says. “And, we need to develop stronger community plans to address this issue.”
Egan, a well-known community and health planning consultant, explains that people providing care for an elderly loved one need information, resources, help and support to help them manage the complexities of caregiving.
Moving Mama is a practical resource for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. The book tells about one family's experiences with caregiving. Each chapter includes stories focused on a theme, and ends with information and resources to help the reader deal with similar issues. There is also a resource section at the end of the book that identifies some of the most frequently needed services, how to reach them, and how to develop practical strategies for caregiving. The topics covered include wills, powers of attorney, financial management, driving, handling safety and security needs, managing care, handling personal care, dealing with Sundowner’s Syndrome and many other topics. More resources can be found on Egan’s website, http://www.movingmama.net.
The book is written with a light touch and a wry sense of humor. People have called the book "engaging, moving and informative;"
Families that face similar caregiving situations can benefit from the book’s stories and helpful insights. The author's uncanny ability to touch the commonly shared human experiences and reach deep into the heart is part of what makes this book unique, and well worth your time.
Anne Hays Egan
Anne Hays Egan