Iris Waichler has been a widely recognized patient advocate and licensed clinical social worker for more than 40 years. Her latest book, How to Care of Yourself and Your Aging Parents, which won eight major awards, was inspired by the experience of taking care of her own father until he died at age 97. Based in Chicago, her long-term hospital work gave her insights into how overwhelming it was for patients and families who suddenly found in a hospital feeling helpless and alone—and prompted her to write her first book, Patient Power: How to Have a Say in Your Hospital Stay. She has conducted many workshops, individual and group counseling sessions with people experiencing catastrophic illnesses. Iris also has been a freelance writer for two decades, producing hundreds of articles on health-related topics in publications such as Redbook, Parade and Next Avenue Magazines.