Caring for elderly family members is one of the most demanding jobs and one of the most rewarding. But family caregivers are operating in confusing new territory when they take on eldercare for the first time, especially if Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are involved. Caregivers also face health risks as they sacrifice time for exercise and self-care, and they often feel overworked, under-appreciated, and even depressed. This holds true whether their loved ones are cared for at home or in outside facilities.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Navigating Eldercare & Dementia is a book that acts as a portable support group for family caregivers. The book’s 101 Stories to Support Family Caregivers highlights revealing personal stories in which people who have “been there, done that” share their best advice for family caregivers.
Readers will feel less alone and more empowered after reading the great advice shared by other families. They’ll learn how to join their loved ones with dementia in their new reality, instead of trying to correct them, and how to be patient and compassionate when interacting with someone who isn’t the same dad or mom or spouse they used to be. They’ll come away from these stories better in understanding Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, how they first appear, how they progress, and what the later stages are like.
Join Amy Newmark and me on Tuesday, June 22, 10-11 A.M. CT U.S. We will be having a conversation about tips that work for dealing with tough choices such as moving elderly family members out of their long-time homes, taking away the car, hiring help, and overseeing finances, all in the best interest in lovingly caring for our parents and loved ones!