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Cheryl Jenkins

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Parenting Parents - The inevitable aging and role-reversal process.
Many people have been faced with the dilemma of having to care for their own parents. Becoming a parent’s caregiver is morally the right thing to do. Our next guest, author Cheryl Jenkins’s book, “She Just Wanted to Dance Again: My journey to parenting my parent and a simplified guide to becoming a parent’s caregiver.” provides a look into Jenkins' resolve, with a touch of humor, to become her mother's caregiver. Recommendations, many of which have been praised by the medical professionals providing support and care, are provided for others contemplating this journey. It's important to recognize the need to learn from each other and pass on a legacy of the knowledge, skills, and compassion to our children so that when it is their turn to step up to the plate and take care of older generations, they will have a better idea where to start. This book demonstrates how the author confronted adversities that had to be overcome when faced with the reality of parenting a parent. At the end of the day, if one aspires to this challenge, it will also become a passage of healing and everyone will become a better person as a result of whatever level of change transpires. 

Cheryl Jenkins graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 1971 and went on to attend classes at a local university. She got married at 21, had a son at age 25 and divorced shortly thereafter. She lived in Ohio, Michigan, and then moved to Florida in 1987 and began a career in Aerospace. Her mother and father remained in Ohio and her brother, four years younger, passed away in 1991. Now with the help of her partner, she has become her elderly mother’s caregiver. This is her first book.

Cheryl Jenkins is being included in the 2009-2010 Cambridge Who’s Who Edition.

Also being included in the 2009-2010 Edition of the National Association of Professional Women.

Parenting Parents - The inevitable aging and role-reversal process. There are many phases of emotional upheaval when the parent-child relationship begins to change: The sense of loss, phases of sadness, compassion, anger, resentment, fear, aggravation and impatience by the child as well as the parent. Adult children may be torn between their sense of duty and responsibility, society's expectations and norms, and the parent's desire to not "become a burden"- and all the while navigating a complicated journey through a care giving system that is frustrating, costly and inefficient. A recent press release announcing a book I wrote from my own personal experience reads: "In her two-part exploration, Jenkins shows that caretaking is not an exact science, but that it also does not need to be so overwhelming that it consumes and tears apart our daily lives and relationships. Part one outlines Jenkins' personal story, and part two includes practical guidance, ideas and recommendations for others starting on a similar path."  We need to bring back the concept of being the caretakers for those who were caretakers for us. Although some view as a burden, it really can be a blessing and a personal emotional healing process. My hope is to provide avenues to help others dealing with aging parents. President Obama has said on numerous occasions that we need to turn back to family. We need to lead by example and provide tools for the others to utilize to help organize and simplify the task of being the caregiver. We need to prepare our children and grandchildren for future challenges and teach them the importance of caring for their elders.

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