Resources for Family Caregivers of Older Adults
Family Caregivers: Make Time to Share, Unwind & Learn about Senior Care

Family Caregivers: Make Time to Share, Unwind & Learn about Senior Care

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Family caregivers face a variety of challenges and hurdles with each new day they provide care to their senior loved ones.

How do you handle this behavior?

Where do I go to find this item?

Who can I talk to for advice on this legal problem?

Is there an agency that can help me pay for that device?

How am I supposed to feel about this new problem or react to this new diagnosis?

Fortunately family members are not on their own. There are a number of places they can turn for the answers to questions and so much more.

Finding Information for Caregivers

Let’s see what we can do about finding information that can help you solve whatever issue you are facing. There are a variety of ways we can gather information or support, here are a few you might find helpful.

  • We can look to the internet and hope to find credible accurate information.
  • We can ask our medical team and hope to find the answers from them that we seek although this may only be of a medical nature and not filling the gap for other needs such as legal, emotional and day to day care concerns.
  • We can communicate with other caregivers who may be dealing with similar issues, who may or may not be handling a similar disease process or others who have walked the path and are recovering from loss. This could be either via in-person support groups, online connections via social media or local friends.
  • You can participate in a caregiver training session either in person or online.
  • We can also point you to some books that might help you with your more specific needs.

New Book Recommendations for Caregivers

We have recently enjoyed some book selections that we think might help you fill a gap and provide you with some helpful information.

Books whether eBooks or print versions give you information when you are ready for it. You can read it when you have a moment or when you feel a greater need for an answer. Books fit your schedule whenever or wherever that might be and so are great ways to get the inspiration and information you seek.

Emotional support, knowledge of a disease process, what to expect in the future progression of the disease, how to provide care, legal issues for your protection, how to handle your own care, how to use technology to your benefit, how to get the benefits you deserve, how to cope with family issues and any other topic you need can be found in a book.

We have been given a few new books to read that we found interesting and also that could be useful to some caregivers. One of the great points in reading books intended for family caregivers is to gain a feeling that indeed we are not alone in our journey and through the experience of others we can learn and persevere.

  • Alzheimer’s Through My Mother’s Eyes by Suzette Brown     Written from the perspective of a daughter now with the task of caregiving for her mother who doesn’t always appreciate her efforts. It is a true to life account that will helps others feel that they are not alone dealing with the trials and tribulations of Alzheimer’s care. The author describes through a journalling format how it is not always an easy road especially when not everyone agrees with your ideas and well meaning suggestions are often dangerous. There are many tips and strategies that you might find useful too.
  • How to Clean Out Your Parent’s House (Without Filling Up Your Own) by Claire Middleton      How to Guide if you are faced with downsizing your parents home or cleaning out  in the event of their deaths. There are many useful tips about how to clear out trash, sell the excess and keep yourself and your siblings from allowing your grief to overtake your basement. Emotions can overtake you but coping strategies are reviewed to help you navigate this while still honoring your parents.
  • When Goodbye Begins: Sharing Life With Dementia by Dorothy Webb      The author relates her personal experience caring for a loved one in the early stages of dementia. It gives a birds eye view into the daily life of a caregiver and topics that need to be considered for the future.

We hope that you will find these books helpful and like that all have low prices. We also hope that you truly do fit in some time into your daily routine to read a chapter of a good book of your choosing to help you not only learn but also relax and de-stress so that you can continue caregiving!

Do you have some favorite titles that helped ease your caregiving experience? We would love for you to share!

3 Responses to Family Caregivers: Make Time to Share, Unwind & Learn about Senior Care

  1. Thanks for sharing all of these helpful resources! I recently read a very helpful book called “Voice of Experience: Stories About Health Care and the Elderly” by a husband and wife team of experienced medical professionals. http://www.voiceofexperiencebrody.com/home.html

    Taking care of an elderly parent or loved one can be extremely stressful and I was looking for any assistance I could find. This book uses a conversational tone to relay the stories and experiences of others going through similar situations. The book also offers useful advice and made me feel much better about the difficult decisions I had to face. I strongly recommend it to anyone, not only people who are currently dealing with a similar situation, as it is also great for future planning

  2. Let me suggest another book you might find useful for caregivers to better identify, understand, re-think and cope with their emotions: CAREGIVER CAROLS: A MUSICAL, EMOTIONAL MEMOIR (available on amazon.com in paperback or kindle). It’s goal is to help caregivers see that their feelings, though often difficult or painful, are normal; that they can manage them; and that they are not alone, although they probably need to seek and accept more help and support than they even think or feel they need since caregiver burnout is all too easy to end up with (says the voice of experience). It’s based on my 15+ years taking care of my increasingly stroke-disabled wife, plus borrowing on helping take care of my mother-in-law, mother and father and my 40 years as a psychologist/marriage & family therapist. The book is written primarily in a song lyric/rhyming verse format (I’m also a musician) to make this sometimes tough, scary, confusing, sad material the most readily absorbed and applied. I made it as entertaining, artistic, experiential, emotional, humorous, anecdotal, chatty, practical and metaphorical as I could, with lots of suggestions on self-care and self-nurturing.

  3. I have found “Creating Moments of Joy” by Jolene Brackey to be very useful. It is essentially a scenario for each short chapter that plays out with typical responses and then dementia friendly responses to give concrete examples of the benefits of changing our approach from reasoning to connecting.

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