Why am I writing about this? I’ve been there— and it was a bumpy ride...

A glimpse of some of the book’s stories and insights, each with something to tell us about ourselves.

Advice on Sibling and Family Dynamics

Organizations and websites where a family caregiver or siblings can get help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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They're Your Parents, Too! How Siblings Can Survive Their Parent' Aging Without Driving Each Other Crazy - by Francine Russo   Amazon | Borders | Barnes & Noble
       Random House | Indie Bound

“...a stunning book about one of the most complex but ignored times of human transition... unique in the field of close relationships…"

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Pauline Boss,  Author, Ambiguous Loss (Harvard University Press) 

"...Not to be missed ...More than a how-to book, this groundbreaking work illuminates a difficult stage of life..."

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 Library Journal  

Francine answers questions about her new book.


 

 

 

 


 

FRANCINE ON OPRAH


Francine Russo on Oprah
Francine Russo shares stories from her New York Magazine article, Live-In Divorce.
The Oprah Winfrey Show

 

THE FAMILY CAREGIVER AND THE AGING FAMILY

Who Takes Care of Mom?
When my mother's health was failing, I was the "bad" sister who lived far away and wasn't involved. My sister helped my parents. She never asked me to do anything, and I didn't volunteer. I was widowed, raising kids and working, but that wasn't really why I kept to weekly calls and short, infrequent visits... <more>
Time magazine   

"If You Fear Losing It"
New legal tactics let you name friends to take over your affairs as needed
Time magazine

"Couples, Coping"
Dealing with sick or aging parents can strain any marriage.
It’s important to take care as you give it.
Time magazine

"Driving Us Crazy"
New help for older people who are shaky behind the wheel--and their children.
Time magazine

"Who Cares More for Mom?"
Which sibling is the better family caregiver? As they struggle over caring for aging parents, boomers are resparking old sibling rivalries. Family therapists, geriatric care managers, and elder law attorneys often have to mediate disputes.
Time magazine

 "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall: Looming Storm for Today's Younger Generation"
Twenty-somethings are coping with grandparents who have Alzheimer's and fear for their parents. A few have even become the family caregiver.
Alzheimer's Association New York City Newsletter

"Tripping With Parents"
Travels with grandkids for fun and meaning.
Time magazine

 

ASK FRANCINE

Everyone comes to me for advice, maybe because of my TIME Magazine Advice Column for Baby Boomers, "Ask Francine." If you enjoy what you see below, be sure to visit the Ask Francine page to ask me a question to be answered on my blog, "Dispatches from the Front."

SELECTED FROM TIME MAGAZINE: 

Ask Francine
Francine Russo, a long-time contributor and reporter for the section, will answer questions about the many predicaments facing baby boomers.

Ask Francine
How to help an ailing mother-in-law and keep your sanity when the sister who's the family caregiver demands more and more money

Ask Francine
Dear Francine, We co-signed our daughter's lease in her last year of college; her roommate's parents couldn't…

Ask Francine
Dear Francine, My husband and I are in our 50s and have daughters 28 and 25. The older one is doing well, but the younger has been in drug rehab…

BABY BOOMERS: LOVE/DIVORCE/FAMILY/RETIREMENT

LOVE

"Romance On the Road"
With the kids gone, boomer couples are jumping on their cruising bikes and rekindling their love.
TIME
magazine

DIVORCE

"Live-In Divorce: Tortured couples who have to stay together"
New York Magazine

"The Faces of Hedda Nussbaum"
As Hedda Nussbaum, in a red coat with faux-fur trim, met the press on the courthouse steps in Manhattan on March 10 to announce a legal victory giving...
The New York Times

"Can the Government Prevent Divorce?"
Researchers say that they can–and some states feel they should–reduce the likelihood of divorce by altering the course of bad marriages in the making"
The Atlantic Monthly

FAMILY

"A Better House Blend"
When the kids are yours, mine and ours, it takes wisdom and work to treat everyone fairly.
TIME
magazine

"Pet Peeves"
What happens when the kids are grown and gone but the pets live on?
TIME magazine

"Your Mirror Image?"
A daughter often reflects a mother's unhealthy obsession with weight.
TIME magazine

RETIREMENT

"Giving Expertise"
The new volunteers: more than envelope stuffers
TIME magazine

 

HEALTH, SCIENCE AND OTHER ARTICLES

"Who Should Read Your Mind?"
TIME magazine

"The Hidden Secrets of the Creative Mind"
...due out in 2007 from Basic Books. In an interview with Francine Russo, Sawyer shares some of his findings and suggests ways in which we can enhance our creativity not just in art, science or business but in everyday life.
TIME magazine

 

RELATIONSHIP AND FAMILY BLOGGER, SNOETY.COM

From Francine Russo Talks:

Do politics cause battles between you and your kids?

What (not) to say when those college accepts/rejects show up

Whose Wedding is this Anyway?