Multcolib Research Picks: Caring for our elders, caring for ourselves
Annotation:If you could choose only one book to see you through the many challenges of caring for a loved one with dementia, this would be a superb choice. The book has been a classic in its field for a generation, and the latest edition has been updated to include the latest discoveries.
Annotation:One of the greatest sources of comfort to caregivers is the knowledge that they aren't alone. Jane Gross does a masterful job in sharing her story and the lessons she learned in grappling with her own caregiving challenges. Her book is written "...from the far shore of caregiving, an all-consuming and life-altering experience that wrings you out, uses you up, and then sends you back into the world with your heart full and your eyes open, if you let it." The author goes beyond her own story, though, and calls upon dozens of experts in the field for advice and insight.
Annotation:One in four families in the U.S. is caring for parents or other senior relatives-and 72% of the primary caregivers in these families are women. This book is for them.
Annotation:Marked for life by the illness of a parent during his own childhood, Dr. Jacobs has devoted his career to helping families negotiate the emotional challenges of caregiving. He says, "By knowing how to recognize the early signs of caregiver fatigue and taking concerted action to support all family members, our families can become stronger, not weaker, through the caregiving experience, deriving greater regard for each member and a deepened love."
Annotation:Words of wisdom from the author: "No matter where you are in the process, whether you're just starting out or already deeply enmeshed, the most important thing you can do for your aging parent, and for yourself, is this: Be prepared for what might come." This book is an indispensable resource for helping you do just that.
Annotation:Trust Gail Sheehy to become our guide and friend though passages we never saw coming. In her words, "This may well be the most important passage of your life. It will revive old issues in your family. It will pit your own dreams for your middle years against the needs of your elders. How you handle this crisis will shape how you feel about yourself and most almost certainly change you in ways that follow you to the end of your days." In addition to deep wisdom, the book also provides great tips on resources for caregivers.
Annotation:"As spring turns to summer, I suspect that all is not well with Mom. She seems off to me--in a way that no one else would notice." If a loved one's Alzheimer's is leading you down the caregiving path, you will recognize parts of your story in Kate's. Her humor and compassion are welcome companions on the journey.
Annotation:Says Dan Gordon, one of the contributors, "The thing about becoming a caregiver is that you don't have any say in the matter. It's just something that falls to you when something bad happens to someone close." Learning from those who've been down the path ahead of you can save time and energy at a time when you need plenty of both.
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If "caregiving" and "eldercare" are suddenly new words in your vocabulary, you've come to the right place. Learning to provide care for another can be a daunting experience, no matter how prepared you think you are. Know that you aren't alone, and remember that caring for yourself is an essential element of caring for others. The authors of these books have big hearts, lots of experience, and great help to offer.