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40-70 Rule: Additional Resources

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Below are additional resources where you may find helpful information regarding communicating with your senior parent or loved one.



Jake Harwood
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Jake Harwood (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is professor of communication and former director of the Graduate Program in Gerontology at the University of Arizona. His research focuses on communication and aging. Harwood's research draws on theories of social identity, intergroup behavior and communication accommodation.

He is the author of Understanding Communication and Aging (2007, Sage Publications) and co-editor of Intergroup Communication: Multiple Perspectives (Peter Lang, 2005), and has published in professional journals  more than 50 articles on intergenerational communication, grandparenting and media portrayals of aging.

His recent publications have appeared in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Communication, Communication Monographs and Human Communication Research.  He currently serves as the editor of Human Communication Research and is book review editor for the Journal of Language and Social Psychology.

In 2004, Harwood was the recipient of the National Communication Association's Giles/Nussbaum Distinguished Scholar Award for outstanding teaching, scholarship and service to the field of communication and aging. To order his book, Understanding Communication and Aging, visit

Jo Myers
Good to Go: A Guide to Preparing for the End of Life

Expert advice from Jo Myers, author of Good to Go: A Guide to Preparing for the End of Life, The Ultimate Planning Guide for Baby Boomers and Their Parents. For her book, Jo interviewed 30 professionals and Baby Boomers about end-of-life issues. Good to Go is her personal story with appropriate humor and professional advice about pre-planning for death. Good to Go contains an at-a-glance, personal, pre-planning checklist that can help anyone address the inevitable without intimidation.

Home Instead
Home Instead is the world's largest provider of comprehensive, non-medical companionship and home care services for aging adults. These services are provided through a network of franchise offices located throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Finland and Austria.

National Family Caregivers Association

NFCA educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to address the common needs and concerns of all family caregivers. For more information about, "A Family Caregiver Speaks Up -- It doesn't have to be this hard," a book written by NFCA Co-Founder and President Suzanne Mintz, log on to

Family Caregiver Alliance/National Center on Caregiving
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Family Caregiver Alliance offers programs at national, state and local levels to support and sustain the important work of families and friends caring for adults with chronic, disabling health conditions. Through its National Center on Caregiving, the organization offers caregivers throughout the country information and assistance in locating supportive services in their communities.

Administration on Aging
202 619-0724

Through information, referral and outreach efforts at the community level, the Administration on Aging (AoA) seeks to educate older people and their caregivers about the benefits and services available to help them.

Last revised: December 8, 2010

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  1. October 23, 2019 at 2:38 pm | Posted by Cathleen Pluta

    These articles and resources are very helpful. I'm a 62 year old divorced woman on disability and a very low fixed income. I've been caring for my 7 year old Grandson since his birth, and his Mother, my daughter, who has had 2 brain surgeries, and has ongoing serious health issues for the past 10 years. I am becoming burned out, physically and emotionally. I need to begin making changes.


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