Stefania Shaffer – 9 Realities of Caring for an Elderly Parent

 

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A passionate teacher who left a successful corporate career in order to instruct young people, Stefania Shaffer earned her teaching credential from San Francisco State University in 2000. While working as a teacher of seventh-grade English, Stefania Shaffer received a particularly meaningful note from a former student. This letter became the inspiration for her first novel, Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes.

Ms. Shaffer followed Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes with 9 Realities of Caring for an Elderly Parent: A Love Story of a Different Kind. This memoir detailed her experiences as an adult child caring for an elderly parent. Described as both funny and compassionate, this book does not shy away from some of the more daunting aspects of senior care.

To accommodate those who have little time for extensive backstory, 9 Realities of Caring for an Elderly Parent can be used in conjunction with 9 Realities of Caring for an Elderly Parent: The Companion Playbook. This companion workbook encapsulates the most essential elements of its source book and contains worksheets that render excessive note-taking unnecessary.

ELA Teacher and Author Stefania Shaffer

After a successful career in corporate America, Stefania Shaffer began to follow her passion for education and writing. Her first book, Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes, was published by Pressman Books in the fall of 2005. The book tells the story of school girl Vandra Zandinski as she progresses through school and comes to learn a number of invaluable lessons both in and out of the classroom. In 2013, Stefania Shaffer published her second book, 9 Realities of Caring for an Elderly Parent: A Love Story of a Different Kind. This work addresses a concern shared by more than 45 million adult children in America who must begin making decisions on behalf of their elderly parents.

Ms. Shaffer earned her teaching credentials from San Francisco State University. She currently works as a teacher of English language arts. In her free time, she enjoys staying active by practicing equestrian riding. When she wants to relax, she spends time illustrating and writing.

9 Realities of Caring for an Elderly Parent

An accomplished educator, Stefania Shaffer is also an author. In her second book, 9 Realities of Caring for an Elderly Parent, Stefania Shaffer relates her knowledge and experience as her mother’s caregiver in an instructive context.

For individuals seeking an honest perspective on elderly care, 9 Realities of Caring for an Elderly Parent is an excellent read. The nonfiction book includes details on how the author created a safe environment, stayed organized, and established financial security while caring for her mother in the final stages of life. In addition, the book covers issues that crop up following the passing of a loved one, such as planning a funeral and working with an attorney. Compassionate and lighthearted, the book demonstrates how it is possible to fulfill the difficult role of caregiver if you are the adult child coming home to care for your elderly parent until the very end.

9 Realities of Caring for an Elderly Parent shares heartfelt insight on elderly care across its 504 pages. The book was published by Pressman Books in July of 2013 and is available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.

A Heartfelt Memoir Offers Guidance for Senior Care

Educator and author Stefania Shaffer writes about subjects close to her heart in her two books, Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes and 9 Realities of Caring for an Elderly Parent: A Love Story of a Different Kind. Released in August 2013, the latter narrative details Stefania Shaffer’s personal experience caring for her elderly mother.

Offering a blend of practical advice and compassionate reflections, 9 Realities of Caring for an Elderly Parent: A Love Story of a Different Kind acts as a step-by-step playbook for the millions of adult children navigating a world in which their parents can no longer care for themselves. The book discusses every aspect of elderly parent care, from organizing a parent’s financial documents to safety proofing their home. The book’s final chapters discuss making funeral arrangements and seeking grief counseling. An intimate memoir, the text also explores emotional themes like elder neglect and the concept of adult orphans.