The best books on caregiving

Iris Waichler Author Of Role Reversal: How to Take Care of Yourself and Your Aging Parents
By Iris Waichler

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Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? A Memoir

By Roz Chast

Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? A Memoir

Why this book?

This book is by Roz Chast, famous New Yorker cartoonist. It is a memoir about her relationship with her aging parents dealing with universal caregiving themes she faced while watching her parents age and become increasingly disabled with more medical issues. It is told in a refreshing way through her cartoon talents. It made me both laugh and cry as she touched on topics and challenges that I and most caregivers experience. It addresses the grief and anxiety that we all feel as caregivers.


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The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss

By Nancy L. Mace, Peter V. Rabins

The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss

Why this book?

This book is the go-to book for people caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s Dementia and memory loss. It highlights the enormous challenges loved ones face in working with those diagnosed with these illnesses. It is a comprehensive guide full of invaluable information with fantastic tips on how to manage and cope and take care of yourself. I love the wealth of information that it offers


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How to Care for Aging Parents: A One-Stop Resource for All Your Medical, Financial, Housing, and Emotional Issues

By Virginia Morris

How to Care for Aging Parents: A One-Stop Resource for All Your Medical, Financial, Housing, and Emotional Issues

Why this book?

Virginia Morris has been a leading expert in the field of aging and caregiving. I have high respect for her experience and her work. This book is a comprehensive guide that explores emotional, psychological, and physical challenges that arise when the ultimate role reversal happens. It is a difficult transition for all concerned and this resource offers great information, tips, and scenarios that will resonate with all caregivers. 


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The Successful Caregiver’s Guide

By Rick Lauber

The Successful Caregiver’s Guide

Why this book?

Rick Lauber is another caregiving expert that I turn to for information and advice when I was a caregiver. This book is jam-packed with practical guidelines, tips, and resources for caregivers. It helps caregivers assess their needs and what care options are available to them as they care for the needs of their loved one changes and their ability to be a caregiver also changes. 


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The Conscious Caregiver: A Mindful Approach to Caring for Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself

By Linda Abbit

The Conscious Caregiver: A Mindful Approach to Caring for Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself

Why this book?

In my experience working with caregivers burnout is the biggest challenge. This book offers readers real-life case examples and exercises to help caregivers understand themselves better. It helps caregivers closely examine their options as the needs of the person they care for change. It focuses a lot on the psychological issues and challenges the caregiver relationship creates for all who are involved. 


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