In 1900, there were only four million Americans over the age of 65. By the year 2000, that number will exceed 35 million, and by 2020, almost one in every four U.S. citizens will be senior citizens. More and more people are faced with the prospect of caring for a parent who is 65 or older without invading the privacy, robbing the autonomy, and destroying the self-worth of their ageing relative? This book is for those who want to know how to help an elderly parent avoid the loneliness and despair of growing old. It is about enhancing understanding and communication between generations in a way that allows the elderly and their families to preserve the quality of life they've come to expect, even during the most trying periods of old age. It dispels the myths many younger readers hold about what it means to be 65 or older.