Category Caretaking

ABA/AARP Checklist for My Family: A Guide to My History, Financial Plans and Final Wishes

Book Description: 

Put your life in order with this valuable new resource from AARP and the American Bar Association. Checklist for My Family guides you through the process of gathering in one place your finances, legal documents, online accounts, wishes about medical care, and more. Plus it tells you what you need, why you need it, what’s missing, and where to get it.

While giving you peace of mind, this book is also a gift to your loved ones. It spares them stressful decisions and needless frustrations when you’re ill or upon your death. And it presents them with your legacy, by providing specific knowledge of family history and recollections about your life, interests, and accomplishments.

Whether you choose to gather this critical information in the book itself or through the forms available free online, you can easily customize and organize your information.

With this one-of-a-kind guide, you’ll stay in control of your life and feel satisfied in knowing that if anything happens to you, you—and your family—will be well prepared.

Review

If you are looking to get your affairs (and documents that go along with this task!) in order than you will want to get a copy of this helpful book.  Paperwork and personal information isn’t always easy to find, and organizing your records can seem like an intimidating task. But, whether you need to organize records for yourself, your family or your executor, this book will help you with leaving instructions for survivors, secured places and passwords, final arrangements, estate planning documents, insurance policies, tax records, retirement accounts….and so much more!  This is really a complete system for structuring and organizing your records for yourself and your  loved ones.

 

~Reviewed by Allie B.

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    Being Mortal

    Product DetailsBeing Mortal(Unabridged)
    by Atul Gawande
    Macmillan Audio
    Retail Price $14.95
    Amazon Price: $14.95

    Book Description: 

    In Being Mortal, best-selling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: How medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person’s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

    Review

    Wow.  This book was enlightening.  I have aging parents and have a deep interest in the topic of elder care.  I want to make sure my parents are comfortable in their old age.  I want to repay them for all they have done me as their child by making sure they die with the greatest amount of dignity possible.  This audiobook was quite an eye opener for me about what really goes on in nursing facilities and other long term care facilities and how modern medicine sometimes fail those who need it most.  The author doesn’t spend time pointing fingers, he just lays out the truth for us to see, ponder, and then apply what we can to our own lives.  His words are honest, but sometimes hard to bear, but they spur us on to help give quality of life to those we love who are aging or suffering from terminal illness, helping them to end their stories on their own terms.   While I wouldn’t say this book is uplifting, I did find it comforting as it inspired me to do right by my parents.

    ~Reviewed by Pat C.

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      Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

      Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias
      By Amy Newmark and Engela Timashenka Geiger
      Chicken Soup for the Soul
      Retail Price $14.95
      Amazon Price: $11.85

      Book Description: 

      Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia? You are not alone. With 101 encouraging and inspiring stories by others like you, this book is a source of support and encouragement throughout your caregiving journey.Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect millions of people, and this book is especially for caregivers. This collection, a joint project with the Alzheimer’s Association, is filled with 101 stories of love and lessons from others like you, will support and encourage you as you care for your loved one.

      Review

       

      I just loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who finds themselves in a caregiving role. Though it targets those dealing with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, it is also helpful to all caregivers in general.  You will find thoughtful stories from the perspective of caregiver that will help you  realize that you are not alone and that you can gain wisdom, strength and courage from someone else’s experiences.  I highly recommend it.

      ~Reviewed by Nancy S.

       

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        Hope For the Caregiver

        Hope For the Caregiver
        By Peter Rosenberger and Ken Tada
        Worthy Publishing
        Retail Price $12.99
        Amazon Price: $9.33

        Book Description: 

        “If you love somebody, you will be a caregiver.
        If you live long enough, you’ll need one.”
        –Peter Rosenbergerrt

        Now the 65.7 million caregivers in America, making up 29 percent of the U.S. adult population, can turn to one of their own for encouragement and renewal. With three decades of experience and immense credibility, Peter Rosenberger offers proven practical help with biblical truths.

        Review

        This book is a memoir of sorts written by a man who, after a tragic accident, has been his wife’s caregiver for nearly 30 years.  He shares how he faced his challenges, failed in some ways and gained victory in other, and finds the strength to carry on.  Though it might sound like a downer, this book is actually uplifting and encouraging to other caregivers who are “in the trenches.”  For me personally, it made me realize that my situation could be worse and that God won’t give me more than I can handle.   The author also offers tips and advice on how to care for yourself so you can continue to care for others.  This was an enjoyable, enlightening read.

        ~Reviewed by Addie H.

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          A Year of Grace

          A Year of Grace: 365 Reflections for Caregivers

          A Year of Grace
          By Laraine Bennett
          Our Sunday Visitor
          Retail Price $16.95
          Amazon Price: $14.53

          Book Description: 

          Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7

          Nationally-known speaker and author Laraine Bennett knows the highs and the lows of the caregiver’s world-she juggles her own work and family life as she helps meet the needs of her talented, artistic mother now completely incapacitated by a devastating stroke.

          In A Year of Grace: 365 Reflections for Caregivers, Laraine offers daily respite for the weary caregiver, a chance to recharge and refresh the mind and spirit, and to look anew, with gratitude and hope, at the value of every human life.

          Each brief daily reflection includes a Scripture reading or quote, and a reflection for the day. Enlightening, refreshing, and upbeat, A Year of Grace, is a daily reminder for you-the caregiver-of the important role you play to bring Christ’s love to those in your care.

          Review

          Laraine Bennett has written the most helpful book I have ever seen for caregivers. The daily encouragements are based onher faith, personal experience, and the stories of others – and they speak to me where I live each day. My sister was totally disabled physically in 1999. I have been part of her care since the beginning and her primary caregiver since she began making her home with my husband and me in 2002. This book has been a highlight of each day since I received. It certainly is help and encouragement for the weary soul.

          ~Reviewed by Janice C.

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            Living Thoughtfully, Dying Well

            Living Thoughtfully, Dying Well: A Doctor Explains How to Make Death a Natural Part of LifeLiving Thoughtfully, Dying Well
            By Glen E. Miller
            Herald Press
            Retail Price $12.99
            Amazon Price: $10.48

            Book Description: 

            As we grow older we start to wonder about death, asking, How will I die? Will I have a good death? Will I suffer? How will my family respond? How can we manage the dying process better?Dr. Glen E. Miller, a retired physician who also has theological training, had his own wake-up call when he suffered a heart attack and determined to help himself and his patients go gently into that good night. In a candid way, Miller invites readers into conversation about the spirituality of dying as he explores a variety of beliefs about death and dying.

            With personal advice gleaned from his work with Mother Teresa among the dying of Calcutta, India, Miller provides rich guidance for those who are aging on the process of dying and how to make it better.

            Review

            Though I’ve been able to avoid end of life issues most of my life, since hit my 50s it seems like I’ve been smacked in the face with death.  My father died, among other close relatives.  I found this book helpful in helping me not only deal with the deaths in my life, but my own mortality as well.  The author gave excellent insight into end of life issues I learned something new in every chapter. Would definitely recommend it to family and friends.  It’s a good book to keep, and to read more than once, or to keep as a reference to look back on after someone is gone to answer questions you may have and didn’t pick up on the first time you read the book.  The author takes a very serious topic and deals with in a fascinating way.

            ~Reviewed by John C.

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              Dads of Disability

              Dads Of Disability: Stories for, by, and about fathers of children who experience disability (and the women who love them!)Dads of Disability
              By Gary Dietz
              Gary Dietz Publishing
              Retail Price $9.99
              Amazon Kindle Price: $9.99

              Barnes & Noble Nook Price: $9.99

              Book Description:  Dads of Disability is a collection of 41 essays and poems rich in context and imagery that illustrate a father’s perception of and reaction to being a father of a child that experiences disability. From before and through birth, to diagnosis, to the workplace, to serious medical or behavioral issues, to father’s support circles, and much more—including aging and death—many inflection points are explored by the fathers themselves as well as the mothers and children in their lives. Each entry focuses on male and fatherhood themes.

              This is not a ‘how-to’ book or a book of ‘5-ways to do this’ or ’10-ways to do that.’ Rather, this collection uses a storytelling approach to illuminate the emotional lives of these fathers. Dads of Disability will begin or extend the conversation between and amongst fathers, mothers, extended families, care circles, and individuals with disabilities themselves.

              This book is for fathers and mothers. For friends and support circles. For care professionals. For teachers. For friends trying to understand their neighbor’s challenges. For anyone interested in the variety of the emotional lives of fathers whose children experience a disability.

              Regardless of the age of the father, the child’s challenge, or even the gender of the essayist (remember, they are not all men!), Dads of Disability strives to paint pictures of a variety of different men who have one thing in common-they deeply love a child who experiences a disability.

              Topics of essays and poems include:
              – A woman who chooses to live with her ex-husband to enable her children’s father to continue to be in their life on a regular basis.
              – On his way back from an airplane lavatory, a man gets into an interesting discussion with a flight attendant about fatherhood.
              – A husband rising in the middle of the night is finally understood and accepted by his dedicated and supportive wife.
              – A father considers running away, but he visualizes his own, now-deceased father teaching him why he needs to stay with his daughter.
              – A senior citizen reflects on his family’s care of his late brother.
              – Over time, labels come to have different meanings to a father.
              – A father accepting and helping with his child’s sensory challenges helps him accept that he has the exact same issue.
              – A poem where hoodlums can’t stop a man from enjoying his iPod.
              – A life filled with adaptations is explored in a reminiscence of the same event by a mother, her husband, and their adult child.
              – A 3 year-old teaches us all a universal lesson in fewer than 60 words.

              And many more…

              Review

              This book made realize that most books on parenting a disabled child are geared toward women, who are usually the main caretakers. Fathers of disabled children are often overlooked when the focus of much parenting support is aimed at mothers.  This book is a collection of personal stories that pertain to fathers and their experiences raising their disabled child.  Each essay is different and unique in it’s own right and they offer a broad spectrum of experiences. Contributors are drawn from a wide range of cultures and situations.  What they all have in common are the challenges that face them and their families in raising a child with a disability. Areas explored include the reactions of family, friends and colleagues, how to deal with the organizations and professionals that support families with a disabled child and the difficulty of being open about feelings in a culture that doesn’t always expect men to have a sensitive or nurturing role. Dads of Disability is direct and insightful and a valuable resource, not only for fathers, but for mothers, extended family, and health care professionals alike.

              ~Reviewed by Ronnie C.

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