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Aging America: Coping with Loss, Dying and Death in Later Life - Book

America is aging at a rapid rate with 10,000 people in the U.S. turning 65 every day. By 2040, Medicare is expected to include 80 million enrollees. Advanced age can bring a range of losses from a spouse or partner to independence and identity. Along with experiencing multiple losses, older people are more likely to suffer from multiple chronic conditions requiring complex medical care and raising potential ethical issues at the end of life.

Hospice Foundation of America’s newest publication, Aging America: Coping with Loss, Dying, and Death in Later Life, examines ways that mental health professionals, healthcare providers, and the wider community can support the growing number of aging Americans through these losses. 
Chapters include discussions of the dying experience in later life, including coping with dementia, accessing hospice, suicide, and the reality of institutional care; specific losses such as the death of a spouse or an adult child; and factors that may influence grief, such as diversity and culture. Authors include Samira Beckwith, Eileen Chichin, Brian de Vries, Deborah Grassman, Evgenia Milman and Robert Neimeyer, David Price, Judith Stillion, and Katherine Supiano.

In her foreword, Marian Grant, Senior Regulatory Advisor, C-TAC, writes, “This book helps to outline the likely realities older adults will face in the next years and provides valuable information on how to maximize the opportunities of aging while supporting people as they grow older and experience grief and loss.” The book is part of the Living with Grief® series and is appropriate for clinicians and others working with the dying and bereaved.
 
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