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A Recommended Reading List for Caregivers

Every caregiver knows that their role is both physically and emotionally challenging, but a worthwhile book doesn’t harp on these facts.

Instead, it should provide constructive ideas for improving your care plan, seeking respite, communicating with your care team, managing your emotions in a healthy way and understanding other people’s unique perspectives.

These books are always on the “must read books for caregivers” list, and we have selected four of our favorites to share with you. The first two are novels and the other two are non-fiction.

29: A Novel - Kindle edition by Halpern, Adena. Literature ...

29: A Novel by Adena Halpern

This book tells the story of three generations of women: Ellie, a 75-year-old grandmother, her 55-year-old daughter Barbara and her 29-year-old granddaughter Lucy. Ellie strives to remain physically and mentally young, so she feels she has more in common with Lucy than her own daughter. On her 75th birthday, Ellie wishes to be 29 again for just one day as she blows out her candles. As the adage goes, be careful what you wish for!

The ensuing “young for a day” adventure causes Ellie to question nearly all the choices she has made throughout her life. She asks her granddaughter to be her guide on her special day while Barbara and her best friend frantically search for a “missing” Ellie. The day’s humorous debacles lead these women discover important things about one another and their relationships. Halpern encourages readers to question their assumptions about youth, aging and family relationships. You will likely laugh out loud, and that’s always therapeutic for caregivers!

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Unlike 29, this novel is a difficult and emotional read because it chronicles many of the tough issues surrounding Alzheimer’s disease. Main character Alice Howland is a 50-year-old Harvard professor who has built a successful career and family life, but everything changes when she is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

What we really find helpful about this book is that it tells the story of dementia from the perspective of the person living with the disease. While this book incorporates the experiences of Alice’s husband, grown children and colleagues, the unique value is that it provides a rare glimpse into the feelings and attitudes of those who have been diagnosed with dementia. Genova holds a PhD in neuroscience, so the work rings very true from both clinical and scientific standpoints as well.

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How to Say It to Seniors: Closing the Communication Gap with Our Elders by David Solie

Published in 2014, this work was originally intended for professionals in the elder care field, but we have often recommended it to family caregivers. The main message of this practical guide is that older adults must balance the desire to maintain control of their world with the desire to control their legacy, or how the world will remember them. As caregivers, it is helpful for us to understand this dichotomy and learn to use different approaches for navigating the challenges of caring for and communicating effectively with our loved ones. Your Room at the End: Thoughts About Aging We'd Rather ...

Your Room at the End: Thoughts About Aging We’d Rather Avoid by Charlie Hudson

This selection is especially helpful for those at the very beginning of their journey into caregiving or aging. There are two central themes to Hudson’s work. First, she stresses the importance of planning ahead for the realities of aging and properly communicating those plans to family members. Her second core point is that articulating one’s personal definition of quality of life is something that must be done earlier rather than later.

Handling these difficult objectives enables readers to develop a strategy for ensuring that they can achieve the quality of life they desire as they get older and serves as a guide for family members who will likely become caregivers and surrogate decision makers. Hudson offers many innovative and creative ideas, along with practical suggestions for enhancing and sustaining quality of life.

Additional Caregiving Book Suggestions

While it is difficult to know where to start when searching for caregiving advice and counsel, we find the above works each provide a varied and important perspective. Below are some book recommendations on topics like dementia care, family dysfunction, end-of-life issues and self-help.

Link have been provided to the books listed. None of these links are affiliate links. We do not earn any monies for referring these books. We simply care about you and your loved ones and wish to help.

Superior Senior Home Care offers a complimentary consultation with an advisor to help you determine your loved one’s home care needs. To schedule your free consultation, call 805.430.8767 or contact us online.

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