4 Great Books for Caregivers of Seniors

Losing ourselves in books is a great enjoyment for avid readers like us, many of our readers and our senior loved ones.

One can travel the world and travel through time with a good book — not to mention learning a thing or hundred.

Books can truly give inspiration and enjoyment, frequently leaving us feeling uplifted. Learning something that helps us improve the life an elderly parent or grandparent can be especially uplifting.

We would like to recommend a few of our favorites that you may treasure as well — and from which you may learn, as we did.

Favorite Books for Senior Caregivers

One of our favorite series of books for inspiration is the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books. There is a topic for any person or situation. One we recommend to you or a caregiver in your life is Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul: Stories to Inspire Caregivers in the Home, the Community and the World.  This is a collection of tales that you will love and love to share with special people in your life.

A book that offers practical and inspiring tips for those caregivers dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease that we think you may find very helpful is Creating Moments of Joy: A Journal for Caregivers, Fourth Edition.  It is a collection of moments you can make with your senior loved one to help bring out their spirit within.

Books can be extremely worthwhile when we are seeking information and guidance on dealing with specific issues.  One such book that covers a wide range of topics dealing with seniors and useful suggestions to help you deal with the care of your senior loved one is The Boomer’s Guide to Aging Parents: The Complete Guide.

Yet another inspiring type of book is one that helps you cope by offering caregiving experiences through stories of other caregivers in situations similar to that in which you find yourself.  It can offer the same sense of camaraderie that you might feel in a support group by reading others’ stories and seeing what they might have tried that worked or didn’t work for them in dealing with an elderly loved one.  One you might enjoy is Dementia Caregivers Share Their Stories: A Support Group in a Book.

Gifts of books to family members, those who give care to your loved ones or yourself (don’t forget your own needs) will be often welcomed as a respite from the demands of caregiving and a source for ways to meet the challenges.

You can find all the above books and more in the Senior Care Corner Bookstore.

Please let us know if there is a favorite book of yours we should add.

Happy reading!

The Answer Is — The Senior Care Corner Bookstore

Where can we get that and where can I read more about ___  are two questions we hear frequently.

We have, in the past, sent readers in one direction or another to find what they sought but now have a different response — one that answers a question for us at Senior Care Corner as well (we hope).  That leads us to this very different type of post from what you are accustomed to seeing, but still hopefully one you will find to be of value.

Introducing the Senior Care Corner Bookstore, which is the new answer to your questions regarding where to find things that we reference in our posts or that answer more of your questions about caregiving or what our senior loved ones are facing in their lives.

Like many bookstores, the Senior Care Corner Bookstore has much more than books, including electronics, software and gifts in a growing selection that we hope to make a (nearly) one-stop shop for items you’re seeking as family members of senior adults.

The book categories include:

  • Caregiving
  • Alzheimer’s & Dementia
  • Computers & Internet
  • Brain Health
  • Seniors’ Homes

We have also included several initial electronic selections we have found to be of interest to seniors.  More will be added along the way.

Initial software categories include:

  • Brain Health & Memory
  • Genealogy
  • Scrapbooking

Very important to us, as we know it is to you, is that you know you are able to shop and buy with confidence from the Senior Care Corner Bookstore.  All of your purchases are made from and shipped by Amazon.com.  We will never see your information or even know what you have viewed or purchased from the store.

Okay, we’ve talked about what’s in it for you and now we want to be totally straightforward and let you know what we hope is in it for us.  Senior Care Corner will be compensated a small portion of your purchase price by Amazon.com.  In that way, when our readers find items of value to you or your loved ones in the Senior Care Corner Bookstore you will also be supporting Senior Care Corner — without adding a penny to the price you see from Amazon.com for the items you purchase.

We want to make checking out the bookstore as easy as possible, so you can get there by clicking one of the links in this post, by clicking on the ad box at SeniorCareCorner.com or by simply typing www.SeniorCareCornerBookstore.com into your browser.

Please let us know if there are items or categories of items you’d like to see in the bookstore — or if you have suggested items you think might benefit others based on your own experience —  and we will work to add them.  We will be adding more items and categories, including gifts, so check back regularly.

With that we will return you to the regular schedule of posts and podcasts to which you have grown accustomed!

Tell Us How Senior Care Corner Can Help YOU!

We love hearing from so many of you that Senior Care Corner has provided you tips and insights that have helped you as family members and/or caregivers of senior adults.   With 100+ blog posts and a number of podcast episodes on the site so far and no end in sight — and certainly none planned — we hope to assist many more people caring for their elder loved ones make a difference in the lives of those loved ones.

Many topics have been covered so far, though we’ve barely scratched the surface.  Technology, aging in place, and many other topic areas will continue to evolve and grow over time along with the number of senior adults.

Help Us Help You!

Our list of topics for future blog posts and podcast episodes is long, as is the list of experts and others we want to share their stories through interviews in the Senior Care Corner podcast.  We need your help in prioritizing our topics to make sure we provide what is most helpful to you soonest.  Also, we don’t want to assume we have anticipated all of your needs and expect you have some topics that would be useful that we have not anticipated so far.

Yes, we have senior family members and have worked professionally with many other seniors, their family members and other caregivers — but we are smart enough to know we have not encountered all of the situations and issues that you and your elder loved ones have faced in special situations or even everyday life.

What Topics Should We Cover?

Please let us know in what ways we can provide more and better information for you.

  • Topics you would like to see us cover that we have not?
  • Topics for which you would like to see covered in more detail or in greater frequency.
  • People (either roles or specific names) or companies you would like to see us interview for the podcast.
  • Products or product categories you would like to see us cover or review.

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Thank you!

Family Caregivers of Seniors Need Support Too!

Giving care to another, particularly a loved one, is a wonderful thing to do and can give one a great feeling inside.  At the same time…

Being a caregiver can be exhausting, frustrating, overwhelming and confusing at times.

You can feel lonely, helpless and angry.

We know you have only the best interest at heart for the loved ones for whom you care each day but sometimes it just seems so hard.

Being a caregiver is often a thankless job, but one that you probably will not trade for anything.

What do you do when things get hard, with whom will you talk, who do you ask for help and who can you get answers from to help you cope?

Traditional Support Groups

A support group is a place to learn from other members who provide each other with various types of help.

A support group can give you information about a particular disease or treatment; a forum to share your experiences and learn from other people going through the same situation; be a place to receive emotional support and sympathy about what you are feeling; a group of people to establish a social network; and provide you with ideas on how you can cope or find new ways to accomplish daily activities to care for your loved one.

Groups meet regularly often once a month or perhaps more frequently as desired by the group.  Meetings are held in a variety of places which include hospitals, local agencies, personal homes, community centers and anywhere where the group has access.  Sometimes the activity is personal sharing and support but other times it may be information sharing from experts in the field.  The group is generally organized by a professional or advocate who runs the meeting, directs the conversation and arranges for information to be shared but it can be run by a nonprofessional.

Online Support Groups

Now caregivers can connect through the internet and never have to leave home.  This form is sometimes referred to as a virtual community.

Using the internet may help you share more personal matters you may not feel comfortable sharing in a group situation face to face.   You receive companionship and information as you would in a group setting but do it over the computer.  This type of online sharing can be in real time when messages are communicated between individuals connecting at the same time or with a network of bulletin boards or Emails used to communicate with others at different times.

Online communication works well with individuals who are geographically distant but who share a similar cause such as an uncommon ailment or disease.  It can be helpful when there is no local group to attend so you can still benefit from the connection.

How to Find a Support Group

Once you decide that you want to find a support group, where do you start?

You can ask your doctor, check the newspaper for a group, contact the organization of your associated disease, check with the local library, contact your state’s family services agency or contact your nearby hospital for a meeting to join.

Take a friend, relative or go yourself and you will be welcomed when you arrive.

Whatever form you choose, the most important thing is to participate.

Some Support Groups to Locate:

Cancer     Stroke     Parkinson’s     Grief     Alzheimer’s     Mental health     Ulcerative colitis     Bowel disease     Brain trauma

Alcoholics Anonymous     Anxiety disorders     Suicide prevention     Addictions-gambling, drugs, etc.     Mood disorder

Online:  SupportGroups.com

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 We hope you will share with us your experiences so that we may all benefit!

Caregiver’s Inspiration

Inspiration –  defined by Merriam Webster as the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions.

We all need a little inspiration especially those who are working day in and day out to care for a loved one.  Many days seem so difficult when our names are forgotten, when we get yelled at for trying to help, when we are exhausted from the workload, when we don’t get the help from our family that we think we should and when we feel like all our effort is unappreciated.

The following poem was written by Audrey Hepburn and read aloud at her funeral.

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.

We thank you for your dedication and love.  Your care is appreciated by your loved one even when they can’t express it as well as those in whose stead you are providing that care!