We tip our hat to everyone willingly caring for their aging relatives. Being a support for a frail elderly person is a demanding job that often goes unrecognized. If you are a caregiver for your parents, you are already familiar with the sacrifices and the toll this responsibility takes on your social life, your finances and your mental health. However, don’t let the negative thoughts affect your spirit, because there is help! People who were in the same shoes have written several books aiming to help fellow caregivers maintain a positive attitude. These guides promise advice and relief for the reader by showing the ups and downs of caregiving.
Written by Virginia Morris, How to Care for Aging Parents is more like a well-researched manual for adults to better look after their elderly parents. The book is built upon the writer’s personal experience as well as her official research. The pages focus on practicality, touching on common topics such as managing finances, safety concerns, dealing with emotional nadirs and even death. Virginia Morris complements each topic with personal suggestions and details, such as what to pack when going to the hospital. The readers will even find suggestions for agencies and useful organizations. It’s a highly recommended book for those who are new to caregiving.
Referring to the fact that as a caregiver your duties demand more time than a day’s worth, The 36-Hour Day is a book for caregivers who look after their parents who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer. The book has been through six editions, which is a testament to its timelessness and relevant message. The book teaches the reader how to overcome the challenges of looking after a patient with memory loss, while coping with their own needs and emotions. The 36-Hour Day dedicates chapters to vital medical devices and strategies to prevent the patient’s condition from getting even worse.
Emotional overload is one of the biggest issues for a voluntarily caregiver. Meditations for Caregivers addresses these problems and offers help for the whole family, not just one particular person. Whether you suffer from anxiety, emotional burnout, marital issues or conflict with your siblings, this book has an answer for it. The chapters are well-organized, each of them tackling a different problem. As for your spiritual enlightenment, you’ll find a poignant meditation or a short story born from the personal experience of the author, Barry J. Jacobs.
There are times when practical tidbits and anecdotes aren’t enough to raise your spirit. Hope for the Caregiver by Peter Rosenberger takes a different route by reminding other caregivers of the strength found in faith. With over 30 years of caregiver work behind him, the author knows how to fulfill your life while looking after for others. The wisdom of the book is centered on God, and how to gain strength for everyday living. Reading it is an uplifting spiritual journey that furthers your goal of taking care of others.