20 Good Reads: Summer Reading List for the Family Caregiver

Summer is here and we return to our reading lists filled with new titles and dusty paperbacks we’ve always meant to read. For many Americans though, there may be a new genre making their summer reading list: self-help for elder care. If you are one of the millions experiencing the role reversal of caring for an aging parent, you may be looking for words of wisdom to navigate the steep learning curve of elder care. From Medicare, to long-term care insurance, to power of attorney, to finding appropriate care, to family dynamics, it can be overwhelming even for the most educated and competent among us. Here are a few titles to choose from on a variety of topics. We hope you find one or two books to tuck in your bag.

No. 1 The Essential Guide to Caring for Aging Parents by: Linda Colvin Phodes Ed.D.

No. 2 A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents and Ourselves by: Jane Gross

No. 3 The Overwhelmed Women’s Guide to Caring for Aging Parents by: Julie-Allyson Leron

No. 4 The Complete Eldercare Planner, Revised Edition by: Joy Loverde

No. 5 The Caregiver’s Survival Handbook: Caring for Your Aging Parents Without Yourself. by: Alexis Abramson

No. 6 Eldercare for Dummies by: Rachelle Zukerman

No. 7 Taking Care of Parents Who Didn’t Take Care of You: Making Peace with Aging Parents by: Eleanor Cade

No. 8 Stages of Senior Care: Your Step-byStep Guide to Making the Best Decisions by: Paul Hogan

No. 9 Caring of Your Parents: A Source Book of Options and Solutions for Both Generations by: Helene MacLean

No. 10 Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver: How to Care for Your Loved One Without Getting Overwhelmed and Without Doing it All Yourself. by: Dr. Ruth Westheimer

No. 11 AAPR Guide to Caregiving by: Amy Goyer

No. 12 The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer’s , Related Dementias, & Memory Loss by: Nany L. Mace

No. 13 The Sandwich Generations Guide to Eldercare by: Kimberly Wicket, MRC, CRC, Danielle Predsen Med. CRC. and Phillip D. Rumrill Jr. PhD. CRC

No. 14 Essays: On Living with Alzheimer’s Disease, The First Twelve Month by: Lois Wilmoth Bennett PhD.

No. 15 They’re Your Parents Too!: How Siblings Can Survive Their Parents’ Aging Without Driving Each Other Crazy. by: Francie Russd

No. 16 All Gone: A Memoir of my Mother’s Dementia with Refreshments by: Alex Witchel

No. 17 Aging in Stride by: Christine Himes, M.D., Elizabeth N. Oettinger, M.DIV., Dennis E. Kenny, J.D.

No. 18 Coping with Your Difficult Older Parent: A Guide for Stressed-Out Children by: Grace Lebow & Barbara Kane with Irwin Lebow

No. 19 Taking Care of Agin Family Members: A Practical Guide. by: Wendy Lustbader & Nancy R. Hooyman

No. 20 Are Your Parents Driving You Crazy?: How to Resolve the Most Common Dilemas with Aging Parents by: Joseph A. Ilardo, PhD, LCSW and Carole R. Rothman, PhD.

If you are looking for something to take your mind off of the juggling act and help you destress, dont' miss NPR's 2013 critics list: http://www.npr.org/series/178606119/critics-lists

While finding resources in a book can be helpful, please remember that you never have to tackle eldercare alone. Consulting with the experts saves families time, money, and unnecessary stress. A good place to start is with a one hour eldercare consultation. A professional Geriatric Care Manager can sit down with families to orient them on where to start, advise them on the best course of action for their situation, and help creatively problem solve the next steps. Call today to consult at 800.628.7649. Details at http://www.soundoptions.com/eldercare-family-coaching

 

Published on July 8, 2013.