Books for caregivers are numerous and richly varied, ranging from more practical books offering guidance to emotional evocative memoirs from those whose caregiving journey has been especially remarkable. All of these can make for educational and at times entertaining reading for those currently providing home care for a parent, spouse, or other loved one. Here are a few of our favorite reads for family caregivers:
The 36-Hour Day by Nancy Mace and Peter Rabins
This is one of the most recommended books for the caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. It covers most aspects of caring for someone with dementia and makes a great foundation for further knowledge on the topic, especially for those just taking on the role of a caregiver.
They’re Your Parents, Too! by Francine Russo
Written to help siblings manage the responsibilities involved in caring for their aging parents, this book offers needed guidance for those who are just beginning to manage their care, including how to cope with un-involved, over-involved, or otherwise contentious siblings during this process.
Passages in Caregiving by Gail Sheehy
A step-by-step guide for caregivers, this book is written with empathy by one of the foremost experts on the lives of the Baby-boomer generation. Sheehy was also her husband’s caregiver during his battle with cancer. The book was written to impart practical knowledge and emotional support to the caregivers of the elderly and the very ill.
Jan’s Story by Barry Petersen
Peterson tells the story of his wife Jan, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of fifty-five, and his own life as her caregiver during many years with the disease. Told with depth and compassion, this is a must-read for anyone learning to cope with a spouse who suffers from dementia.
Acting as the caregiver for an aging parent or ill spouse can be one of the most difficult situations people face in life. These books can offer information, guidance, and solace for these who need them while shouldering this difficult burden. And for those who find that additional support or help is needed with caregiving, know that you are not alone. Reach out to Home Care Assistance and learn about our Albuquerque hourly care plans which can be a great source for respite, as well as our live-in care for seniors who may need careful and continuous monitoring. Call 505-798-0800 – we’re here to help 24/7.