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Stories to Comfort and Inspire

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AARP Meditations for Caregivers--Practical, Emotional and Spiritual Support for You and Your Family is comprised of 152 short, real-life family caregiver stories, drawn from the authors' psychotherapy practices and personal experiences. The stories are meant to comfort and inspire. Through their book, the authors hope to help family caregivers derive the potential positive benefits from caregiving, including personal and spiritual growth, an enhanced sense of purpose, and the gratification of ensuring their family's well-being.

About the Authors

Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist, family therapist, and the Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers—Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent. Dr. Jacobs has given more than 400 presentations on family caregiving for family caregivers, community groups, and medical and mental health professionals. He is the national spokesperson on caregiving for the American Heart Association and an honorary board member of the Well Spouse Association. He has served on the expert panel for the Caregiver Crisis Great Challenge for TEDMED.com and as a board member of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.

Julia L. Mayer, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist who has been counseling individuals and couples for almost 25 years. Dr. Mayer has a private practice is in Media, Pennsylvania, where she specializes in women’s issues, including caregiving and other relationship concerns.

Drs. Jacobs and Mayer have written previously together for WebMD and HealthCentral. They have been married for more than 25 years and have two adult children.