Summer is a great time to read. If you are a caregiver, en route to becoming a caregiver for your loved ones, or someone who is interested in learning more about the caregiving and/or how to take better care of yourself so that you are able to help your future caregivers understand how to provide support, check out the books listed below.
Martha Stewart’s Living the Good Long Life offers an honest and practical guide on preparing to age successfully. She offers rules for successful aging that can help you understand your needs as you age and the needs of loved ones you care for. They address healthy eating, fitness, brain activity, outlook, daily living practices, looks (physical appearance, skin care, and makeup), home decor and organization, wellness, and self-care while you care for others.
In Passages in Caregiving, Gail Sheehy writes that her intention in writing the book was “to illuminate the challenges and rewards inherent in the caregiving passage-to identify universal patterns in the chaos and give the journey a form that makes sense.” Sheehy also covers the eight stages of caregiving, which she calls “Turnings.” She also offers strategies for solving the problems associated with each stage.
Dennis McCullough’s book My Mother, Your Mother draws on his experience as a family doctor and geriatrician and his practice of “Slow Medicine.” McCullough’s “Slow Medicine” recommends caregivers use a less-aggressive and compassionate approach towards their elderly loved ones. The approach is shaped by kindness, compassion, and common sense that helps everyone involved in the caregiving process understand, care for and help the loved one in their final years.
The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers: Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent by Barry J. Jacobs offers an honest and compassionate guide to families who are caring for aging parents and loved ones. Jacobs encourages family members to clearly communicate their level of commitment in the caregiving process. His book also helps caregivers reaffirm emotional connections worn thin by the routine of daily care.
If you are a caregiver or have family members, friends, or colleagues who serves as caregivers, please encourage them to visit AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center. The web site has great articles and tips that caregivers can use to support their wellness journey as they care for their loved ones. FYI – When you travel, you can now access AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center on your iPad !
AARP is a nonprofit organization that helps people who are 50 and over turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities, and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security, and retirement planning.
Disclaimer: This blog post was written in support of Digital Sisterhood Network’s Leadership, Lifestyle and Living Well initiative and participation in AARP’s #CareSupport Campaign.