June 17, 2014
Helen Hempel ’91 publishes book about aging
Oregon Law alumna Helen Hempel ’91 recently co-authored a book, "Life: The Next Phase," published by Authority Publishing. The book provides information and advice about issues related to aging parents or loved ones.
“Life: The Next Phase” covers four common concerns including needing part-time assistance, needing full-time assistance, handling a crisis, and preparing for events that my occur in the future.
“I experienced great satisfaction from co-authoring the book because I felt that now people who are caring for parents and other loved ones would have a resource to turn to,” said Hempel. “The book is practical and easy to follow. It outlines steps to take when trying to address problems encountered in caring for those who need assistance in their daily lives.”
Hempel is a certified Elder Law attorney with more than 20 years of experience as a private law practitioner. Hempel is involved in a variety of law organizations related to elder citizens including the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Alliance on Aging Board, Alzheimer’s Association Local Program Committee, and the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform.
“As an elder law attorney, I encounter clients almost daily who come to me because they don't know what to do for their parents who are experiencing physical or cognitive decline, or both. I feel that I fulfill my role as an attorney and counselor by helping people to define the problem that they are facing and to show them that there are ways to address and potentially resolve or mitigate the problem,” said Hempel.
Jodi Hempel and Mary Beth Cozza are co-authors; both have direct experience with challenges related to caring for aging relatives. Learn more about the authors here.
The book provides practices and tools for individuals to best help their parent or loved one; it also focuses on how to care for others without losing yourself in the process.
“I hope that readers will gain confidence from reading the book and learning the steps to take to resolve some of the problems they are encountering. I would also hope that readers would ‘feel better’ knowing how to begin to address the issues of dealing with aging parents or other loved ones,” said Helen Hempel.