The official website of Michael Gordon, MD, MSc, FRCPC.
This book, co-authored by one of our leading geriatricians, offers a unique and sometime moving blend of information, insight, compassion, advocacy, and humour. It should be a valuable resource for families needing to help frail parents who have many things wrong at once, but who must deal with health care systems that largely prefer people to get sick with one illness at a time.
Kenneth Rockwood, MD, FRCPC
Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Dalhousie University
Past President, the Canadian Society of Geriatric Medicine
From my professional experiences I know that what people need is practical and understandable information. That is exactly what Parenting Your Parents is, and for me personally it has been invaluable in helping me to support my aging relative. My hope is that my own children read it one day so I too can be the beneficiary of the advice.
Vice President, Public Affairs
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care
As a minister I come into contact with hundreds of people who are facing the struggles that Bart Mindszenthy and Michael Gordon speak about in Parenting Your Parents. I also faced these same issues with my own parents before thy passed away. I have to say that the authors not only give timely advice, but practical, useful advice that can easily be understood and immediately applied. I should know; I used his advice with my own parents and have offered it to others in my capacity as minister of a large city church and counseling practice.
Dr. Rev. John Niles
Michael Gordon has combined his extensive experience as a physician caring for elderly patients with his warmth and humanity to create, along with his co-author Bart Mindszenthy, a unique book that will be a source of information, advice, and great comfort for anyone involved in the care of an aging parent.
I have recommended Parenting Your Parents to many of my faculty colleagues who are facing the challenge of caring for their aging parents. This book, which discusses these challenges eloquently, is a very valuable resource. The last person who borrowed my copy must have agreed, because he never returned it!
The personal stories of other families encountering the same obstacles acted as a lightning rod to recharge my batteries to enable me to do what I knew I had to do as the only provider for my aging parents. It is quite evident that the preface was written by a man who had a great love for his own parents; I had the minister read several paragraphs from it at my mothers funeral service.
As my widowed mother-in-law slowly descends into dementia, Parenting Your Parents has helped me and my partner find support and direction as we pick our way through a minefield of grief, stress and frantic concern.
Parenting your Parents - 3rd Edition is now available in book stores and online: