Resources for Families

We have mentioned a number of resources in our book related to elder care,family communication, household aids/products and organizations for seniors, remodeling, and other helpful contact ideas. Following is a list of these categorized alphabetically by the need they fill or the service they perform

Organizations for Seniors

Elder Care

  • Baby Boomer’s Guide to Caring for Your Aging Parents
  • by Gene B. Williams, Patie Kay, and David Williams. Lanham, MD: Taylor, 2005
  • Caring for Your Parents: The Complete AARP Guide by Hugh Delehanty and Elinor Ginzler. New York: Sterling, 2005.
  • How to Care for Aging Parents by Virginia Morris. New York: Workman, 1996.
  • Family Caregiver Alliance:
  • National Alliance for Caregiving:
  • National Family Caregivers Association: Tax deductions and other government assistance for elderly care and dependence: call (800) 829-1040 or go to

Family Communication

  • Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders by Mary Pipher. New York: Riverhead, 1999.
  • Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584–2069 by William Strauss and Neil Howe. New York: Quill, 1991


Household Aids/Products for Seniors


  • Creating an Accessory Apartment by Patrick H. Hare and Jolene N. Ostler. New York:McGraw-Hill, 1987.
  • Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS) is an NAHB training program for remodelers to do the kinds of home modifications homeowners require as they grow older in their homes:
  • Harrell Remodeling: For information about remodeling with certified-green building professionals, call (650) 230-9000 or go to
  • Home and Garden Television (HGTV): Lists 21,000 house plans you can explore, including 26 for accessory units and 615 for duplex units. For details, go to
  • Lind Interiors: Deborah Lind, ASID, provides has two creative examples of granny flat additions to single-family homes. For details, go to
  • Roll-Out Shelves: Call (415) 681-1655 or go to