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.